Where to eat when you're broke.
Food stamps can get you two weeks of convenience eating on the road, three if you're thrifty. At some point you're going to have to get creative. Here are some time-tested pro tips.
- •Food PantryMost towns have one, though the hours of operation may be limited. Many will require a local address, but will provide a one time exception. You may need a valid ID.
- •ChurchesReligious organizations will usually provide assistance, often in the form of prepaid debit / gift cards. Sometimes they have spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfast too! Some people may have conflicted feelings about this.
- •Continental BreakfastMost motels offer coffee and muffins in the morning, some even have a waffle maker. Just walk in like you own the place and start loading up a plate. If they kick you out, leave, but take your food with you.
- •Free FoodingHave something specific in mind? Walk in and ask. Many establishments have prepared food they have to throw away at regular intervals. You may have to wait around, but it'll be worth it.
- •White BoxingIf you find a place where people regularly pass by with leftovers, just start asking if you can have it. The best part is, you never know what you're going to get! *risk of hepatitis & other infections
- •Dumpster DivingLook for packaged foods behind grocers, gas stations, and dollar stores. You'll be surprised what treasures await you.
- •Fly a SignPost up near a fast food joint with a clever sign. Here's some ideas: McHungry/McStarvin, Abducted by Aliens Need Taco, Chicken Fries or Die.