When I showed the above photo to Mark, he expressed doubt that someone would actually eat the food.
'I've tried giving food to homeless guys. They turned me down!'
I have to side with Mark. The container is probably still sitting there.
However...I have noticed more acts of generosity and hopefulness during my recent walks around the city. The signs are subtle. I can't say that people are handing out wads of cash, but it's there, a genuine concern for others.
New Yorkers continue to contribute to street musicians and homeless folks on the sidewalk. We're still eating out and renovating apartments and buying fancy shoes. I have a feeling the fancy shoe shopping will be a tough habit to stop.
And we're leaving food out for those who might need it, instead of throwing it away. Maybe the food goes uneaten, but it's a gesture that's real.
Related posts: City Portrait - Washington Square Park, Worthy Causes and Homeless Man, Central Park.