For the homeless, finding food another added stress

DOVER — Dohn Price, 53, says he’s been homeless “once or twice” and knows that hunger comes with it.
Living life hungry is tied to not having a stable living space.

“The toughest part of being homeless is worrying about where your next meal is coming from,” Mr. Price said last week.

“You feel stress, anxiety, depression, a lot of things come into play when you can’t find a simple sandwich. The hardest part of the day is figuring out what or where you’re going to eat.”

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At times, Mr. Price said he stayed close to a now-closed Wilmington Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant dumpster because “they throw a lot away.”

He made sure to seek discards after hours when nobody was around because “it’s very humbling.”

Relatively speaking, Mr. Price is in a better state of being now. He’s at the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, and said he’s been drug free for six years.

Unfortunately, his previous lousy eating habits brought on diabetes and the amputation of two toes, which have hampered his search for work. He was a drywall finisher before, and also worked in construction and at a car wash; finding employment remains elusive.

“It really depresses me some times” he said.

Jack McGlothlin, 52, has been at the Dover Interfaith Mission since May 15 and has no family upon which to lean. He hasn’t found work and said “without this place I’d have no place” when speaking of the homeless shelter for men where he resides.

“It’s good, but I would like to be more independent,” he said.

His breakfast and dinner concerns are provided by the mission, and “we’re on our own for lunch.”

Mr. McGlothlin has lived the life of hunger and said, “It’s a little stressful. It’s not good to be hungry.

“Your stomach is growling constantly. I’m lucky now, but a lot of people don’t know where they will eat next.”

Life on the streets hungry means doing what’s needed to gain any food possible.

“I’ve seen people eating out of trash cans and stealing to feed themselves,” Mr. McGlothlin said.

A discarded, stale, half-eaten piece of bread “tastes brand new if you haven’t had anything to eat,” Mr. Price said. “It tastes great.”

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