A non-profit, no cash vending station for essential human needs.
Sep 12, 2002:
Here is a sample poster for a new type of vending machine, one that seeks to bridge the gap between convenience and compassion.
The price of a subway fare could provide emergency assistance to people who cannot provide for themselves. Each basic package contains a nutrient-rich food packet, to provide at least half of the daily RDA for an adult male. Also included are a waterproof, reusbale thermal blanket and a basic hygiene kit (toothpaste, sanitary wipes, condom), as well as a chemical heatsource.
For a little more (3 fares, under $5), one could purchase an urban survival kit, designed to meet the most fundamental needs: food, blanket, hygiene and heat as descibed above, as well as a reusable water bottle, LED flashlight, earbud radio, and a spiffy weather-resistant carrying case for all of it.
What do you think? If you were hungry, would you view this as a viable alternative to begging for money? Would you, as a communter, purchase one of these kits for someone? In the absence of anyone obviously needy, would you consider donating 50 cents? A dollar?
Should we make this happen, and if so, how?
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