George Dimopoulos Big-hearted Michigan Man has been offering free meals to anybody who is alone on Thanksgiving
For 10 years, the big-hearted Michigan restaurateur has been offering free meals to anybody who is alone on Thanksgiving at his popular eatery, George’s Senate Coney Island. But this week, Dimopoulos’s good deeds went viral on the Internet after a passerby snapped a photo on the door of the restaurant. It read: “If anyone is home alone, come eat with us for free!” HuffPo first reported the news here. What Dimopoulos has done, rather indiscreetly for some time, is extraordinary and could serve as example for other business owners. America is lush. Walk into a WalMart and you have to ask yourself: How can anybody in this country go without food or clothing? And while Dimopoulos may have morphed into a media darling, his actions have managed to shine the light on one of the country’s more alarming issues: Hunger. Great strides have been made over the decades to combat hunger in America. You can see the passion to thwart the issue play out to remarkably innovative ends in West Coast orgs like Grind Out Hunger, however, in many respects, the issue of hunger is still the White Elephant that boldly stands erect in American’s cultural living room. According to DoSomething.org, 1 in 6 people in America face hunger and 49 million Americans struggle to place food on their kitchen table. Dimopoulos may be one man—a big man in spirit—but he’s this week’s agent of change to savor.
A new report released Monday shows that about one in 30 American children was homeless at some point last year. That’s about 2.5 million kids, and an 8 percent increase to “an historic high,” according to the study from the National Center on Family Homelesness. Just over half are younger than six years old