In his speech, the pope also warned that a “culture of waste” and consumerism have dulled the moral sense of humanity to the point that when “some homeless people die of cold on the streets, it is not news. In contrast, a 10-point drop on the stock markets of some cities, is a tragedy.”
The Argentine pope has been a vocal advocate for the poor since his election to the papacy in March, and has personally practiced austerity at the Vatican, living in a guesthouse rather than in the papal apartments and cutting down on elaborate vestments and liturgies.
The pope elaborated on this “culture of waste,” telling listeners, “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.” According to UN’s Food Environment Programme,
In the United States 30% of all food, worth US$48.3 billion (€32.5 billion), is thrown away each year. It is estimated that about half of the water used to produce this food also goes to waste, since agriculture is the largest human use of water. (Jones, 2004 cited in Lundqvist et al., 2008)
Love Wins does its best not to waste any food, and if you stop by, you’ll notice their peanut butter and jelly jars are spotless before they recycle them. Before throwing out any of your unused food, consider donating it to Love Wins. They go through coffee, peanut butter, bread, and fruit jellies like it’s nobody’s business. And feeding people is not Love Wins’ business either. They’re on West Jones Street simply to be there for someone.
If you happen to get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while you’re there, that’s just icing on the cake. Oh yeah, they have cake sometimes, too.