In December, Al Jazeera visited the Richmond County Housing Authority, where homeless people from all over the county sleep.
There were no facilities to offer food, but the residents were encouraged to bring their own food, which they often did.
“We have a lot of homeless people in our community,” said Sarah Brown, a housing authority volunteer who has worked with the shelter for several years.
“The community needs us.
We need more of them to be housed and fed.”
The shelter, located at the corner of Virginia Avenue and West Fayette Street, is not a government-run agency, and its mission is to provide housing, shelter and support to homeless people.
The facility, which has been around since 2005, has housed more than 800 people.
It is also the only facility in the state that offers free meals to homeless families in need.
In a year-long pilot program, Brown said the food bank had served 2,200 meals to the residents.
That meant the shelter was able to provide them with a basic level of food for three months, before it would begin to reduce the food it serves to the average person.
“It was really good for them,” Brown said.
“They didn’t want to get food, they wanted to have something to eat.”
The facility is funded by the county, which manages the shelter, and a number of philanthropic foundations.
In the past few years, however, the shelter has seen its budget decline, as more homeless people have left.
Brown said that the county has reduced its funding, and the shelters budget has dropped by half over the past two years.
According to the county’s 2015 budget, the housing authority spent $2.3 million on the shelter last year, down from $5.7 million in 2015.
In order to meet its budget, Brown and her colleagues decided to raise the bar on the food.
The food bank’s new motto is “Make a difference.”
They want the homeless to feel welcome, and they want them to feel safe.
That includes a meal.
“If we can provide a meal to people who are struggling with hunger and want to have a meal, that’s a win for us,” said Brown.
“This is a place where we can have a safe place to meet, and where we don’t have to make them feel like they can’t be here, that they’re not welcome.”
The food was brought to the shelter from the local grocery store.
The residents had a meal delivered to their doorstep, with a small basket of flour, a box of crackers, and other items for the homeless.
“I think that’s what we want people to feel,” said Karen Deutsch, a homeless person who lives in the Richmond area.
“A place to go for a meal and a safe space to stay.
It’s really important.”
Brown said she is grateful for the volunteers who work with the homeless, but she also hopes the food will be able to sustain the program, which she says has saved more than 1,000 lives in Richmond.
The Richmond Food Bank is a nonprofit run by the community and supported by a number public and private agencies.
The nonprofit has been operating in Richmond since the 1970s.
It offers a number programs to help people find jobs, pay rent, or get food.
One of the most important services the Food Bank provides is food stamps, which can be used for rent or groceries.
Brown believes that food stamps are a lifeline for many in the community, and that the food the Food Banks serves is helping those who are experiencing homelessness.
“Food stamps can make a huge difference in the lives of the people that need it most,” Brown told Al Jazeera.
“People are not sleeping on the street, they are not homeless.
And that’s where the need for food and the food stamps comes from.”
She said that a food stamp can provide the shelter with cash, and provide the staff with additional food.
“And it’s the staff that helps us keep the food on the shelves,” she said.