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Food For Free redistributes Harvard’s extra meals

Undergraduate students at Harvard University get to choose from a wide array of sushi, sandwiches, pizza, and more from fourteen different dining halls. With over 6,500 undergraduates eating three meals a day, Harvard goes through a lot of food, some of which inevitably isn’t eaten. “Our goal is to have the same choices at the

Prepared Meals

Food For Free redistributes Harvard’s extra meals

Undergraduate students at Harvard University get to choose from a wide array of sushi, sandwiches, pizza, and more from fourteen different dining halls. With over 6,500 undergraduates eating three meals a day, Harvard goes through a lot of food, some of which inevitably isn’t eaten. “Our goal is to have the same choices at the

Prepared Meals

Food For Free redistributes Harvard’s extra meals

Undergraduate students at Harvard University get to choose from a wide array of sushi, sandwiches, pizza, and more from fourteen different dining halls. With over 6,500 undergraduates eating three meals a day, Harvard goes through a lot of food, some of which inevitably isn’t eaten. “Our goal is to have the same choices at the

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Bardarash Peshmerga: The Best Defense Against ISIS Is Broke

(Peshmerga General Ali Rashed/photo credit Taylor Smith)   Last December, Peshmerga General Ali Rashed’s unit was ambushed by ISIS insurgents as they stood guard at the gateway between ISIS territory and the safety of Iraqi Kurdistan on the outskirts of Bardarash. Rashed lost 40 men in the battle, but they were able to keep ISIS

Prepared Meals

Food For Free redistributes Harvard’s extra meals

Undergraduate students at Harvard University get to choose from a wide array of sushi, sandwiches, pizza, and more from fourteen different dining halls. With over 6,500 undergraduates eating three meals a day, Harvard goes through a lot of food, some of which inevitably isn’t eaten. “Our goal is to have the same choices at the

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One Year Later: Rally remember the Long Island bridge closure

One year after the Long Island bridge’s sudden closure on October 8th 2014, the homeless, the recovering and their advocates spent a morning rallying to raise awareness and demand mores services from the city and the state. Long Island was home to the city’s largest shelter, detox center and a number of addiction recovery services.

Staff and volunteers prepare to open the Y2Y shelter for the night on February 3, 2016.

Poverty Greatest Contributor to Youth Homelessness, Report Finds

Photo: Alena Kuzub Finding a direct link between youth homelessness and poverty was the conclusion of a study conducted by Paula Braitstein for JAMA Pediatrics. Braitstein is an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She analyzed the self-reported reasons youth had for living on the streets in developed

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From Homelessness to Housing: A Revere woman shares her journey and a call to action

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless is a statewide public policy and direct service organization that’s presently working on expanding the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program, a key homelessness prevention resource. The expansion of RAFT would make it possible for low-income individuals to receive financial assistance to help stabilize their housing crises or to

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“Fellside” by M. R. Carey: A Book Review

Fellside by M. R. Carey, published by Orbit, an Imprint of Hachette Book Group, April, 2016 Fellside is a women’s prison. If you’ve ever been in a prison, you’ll know that ghosts roam the tiers, and the smell of fear and old sweat socks drifts up your nostrils. Although I hope you’ve never experienced this,

Marc D. Goldfinger

“Fellside” by M. R. Carey: A Book Review

Fellside by M. R. Carey, published by Orbit, an Imprint of Hachette Book Group, April, 2016 Fellside is a women’s prison. If you’ve ever been in a prison, you’ll know that ghosts roam the tiers, and the smell of fear and old sweat socks drifts up your nostrils. Although I hope you’ve never experienced this,

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WILD THING: This Wild Life's Kevin Jordan on homelessness, police brutality

Kevin Jordan, frontman of the acoustic two-piece This Wild Life, took some time to discuss police brutality, the unfair treatment of the homeless and the Alternative Press tour, which begins its seven-week trek across North America at Boston’s House of Blues on October 14. The tour features This Wild Life, Real Friends, As It Is

Garret’s Movie Palace: Jimmy LeBlanc Interview

If you had the chance to read my Academy Awards article last month, you’ll recall I mentioned that I felt “Spotlight” had a good chance of winning the award for best original screenplay, but it had a slim chance of winning the best picture award. So imagine my pleasant surprise when Morgan Freeman opened the

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LAST WORD: Christina Sukghian Houle

About a month ago, an artist called Christina Sukhgian Houle dropped into the Spare Change News’ headquarters to meet with some of the vendors. Christina has joined forces with the newspaper’s co-founder, James Shearer, with the goal of making a documentary on homelessness in the Boston area. Christina is a relatively recent transplant to Greater

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Bizarre Boston: Raising Hell at Harvard

When I think about college students raising hell, I picture kegs of beer, red plastic Solo cups and loud music. Oh, and maybe a beer funnel or two. In my mind, the phrase “raising hell” is just a metaphor for having a wild time. However, maybe it’s not always just a metaphor. For some Harvard

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LAST WORD: Christina Sukghian Houle

About a month ago, an artist called Christina Sukhgian Houle dropped into the Spare Change News’ headquarters to meet with some of the vendors. Christina has joined forces with the newspaper’s co-founder, James Shearer, with the goal of making a documentary on homelessness in the Boston area. Christina is a relatively recent transplant to Greater

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We’ll be missing you, Nancy

When I was a kid, I loved watching old black-and-white movies with my mom and dad in the winter and doing a 1,000-piece puzzle. We’d sit in front of the fireplace just having fun until around 11, 12 or 1 o’clock in  the morning. One person I liked to watch was Ronald Reagan. The one thing I

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The Challenges of Panhandling as a Young Homeless Female

I’ve been homeless on and off for 15 years, and to make money, I panhandle, also known as spanging or stemming. As a young female, this brings with it some unique challenges. The most disturbing of these challenges is dealing with older men who proposition me for sex. It’s happened so many times, I’ve had

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Timeline: The chain of events that brought chaos to Boston’s Schools

Photos: StanleyFormanphotos.com, Pulitzer Prize 1977, “The Soiling of Old Glory” The Decision (1954–1974) On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated schools were unconstitutional. On May 31, 1955, the U.S. Supreme Court raised the urgency of desegregation in the Brown II ruling by ordering that

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