“Would you like a cupcake and some chips and cookies?” he offers, as the man nods slowly and returns the smile.
The line of nearly 50 homeless people, patiently waiting for a meal in the blazing heat, stretches down a blighted section of Third Avenue at Martin Luther King Boulevard. Long tables laden with food, and a small grill lined with dozens of hot dogs, stand across the street from the Neighborhood Services Organization’s homeless shelter, the Tumaini Center.
Robby Eimers is determined to feed them all. He brings a van filled with food, clothing, toiletries, water and snacks every weekend from his home in New Haven. His grandmother drives.