Thousands of unsheltered homeless people sleep on New York City streets, subway and in other public spaces, according to Coalition for the Homeless. To feed themselves, they ask for help from strangers or rely on food programs such as soup kitchens and SNAP benefits, or both.
On the street, the food they get ranges from an untouched steak to leftovers. “The steak was the best. I also got to feed her with the bone,” said a homeless woman who sat at Times Square, pointing to a dog besides her. “People sometimes give us fast food that’s hours old. That should go to a dumpster.”
A NYTable reporter in midtown Manhattan chronicled life on the street.