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  • Marc Jablon

Do You Have Any Spare Change?

The other day I went through the Dunkin' Donuts drive thru and it was $8 for coffee and a bacon egg and cheese sandwich. This got me thinking about the common question we often receive from the homeless on the side of the road. "Do you have any spare change?"

This question is uncomfortable for most of us. And now given this inflationary economy, what would "spare change" actually accomplish? How will $1, $5, or even $10 benefit our friend on the side of the road. There has to be a better way!

Thankfully, Matthew's Hope has programs that will take your "spare change" and multiply it so your dollars go further. In addition to the food donations we receive at our food pantry, Matthew's Hope often uses the dollars it receives to purchase food and clothing for the homeless guests at wholesale prices. For example, Matthew's Hope will often purchase t-shirts for as little as $2.00 each.

Matthew's Hope offers it's homeless guests "Pastor Bucks". Guests are provided Matthew's Hope Pastor Bucks "money" to spend in the food pantry. If they want more "bucks" to spend, Matthew's Hope has work opportunities which gives them additional ways to earn more Effort Points to be spent in the pantry.

If you have "spare change" you would like to donate or if you would like to learn more about our programs, visit

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