Saturday, April 9, 2011

Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Photo by Joe McGarity

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Although it is often said and generally believed that there is no such thing as a free lunch, an investigation by the Fantom Penguin has uncovered evidence to the contrary.  Every Wednesday a group of individuals called the Lunch Bunch, who are neither a charity nor a church group, distribute sack lunches to those in need living on the streets of Redding.  The Fantom Penguin spoke with Sherry Redmond and Norma Logue.

Norma Logue told us, “It’s been going on since September.  We get donations from the community and Junk ‘n Treasures donates socks and scarves and blankets and hats to us.”

Sherry Redmond added, “We’re by South City Park and Tiger Field and we also go around the outer area of the library.”

An individual who did not give his name also spoke to the Penguin.

He said, “I think that’s really good for them, coming out here doing that thing, for helping other people, the ones that are still struggling out here.  That’s a really good thing.  It’s a love thing.”

The current incarnation of the group grew out of an earlier project.

“Redding Brown Bag – and it started out through that and we just kinda made it happen.”

When asked what the Fantom Penguin’s audience needs to know about the homeless situation in Redding, the ladies replied in unison.

“That there’s a lot more homeless than you think there is.”

Norma added, “And that we need more shelters for them.”

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