A line of men, unshaven and in rumpled overcoats, waiting for a meal from a soup kitchen is often the image many have when they think of the hungry wanting a handout.
The image is of bums, unwilling to find a job or choosing drugs rather than an honest day’s work, said Leah, sitting at a plastic folding table at Suncoast Baptist Church in Homosassa.
Leah, who asked that her last name not be used, is a licensed practical nurse and works for two homecare agencies to ensure she gets enough hours to pay her bills.
She does not look like the men waiting in line. Instead, she looks like the many people who now regularly come to the church for food, the food pantry’s volunteers told the Chronicle.