Put Loaves & Fishes where it does the most good

Urges Loaves be placed where it does the most good

Published 12:28 am, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, New Milford Spectrum

To the Editor:

The Feb. 28 Spectrum article, “Loaves & Fishes reveals struggle,” quotes Colleen Purcell, a parent who objects to the food charity Loaves & Fishes being located on Bridge Street next to a public recreational area.

Ms. Purcell states, “I… understand not everyone who goes there is an alcoholic, homeless, or a drug user.”

Unless she’s being ironic, this implies a majority of the Loaves clientele is degenerate fiends who are threatening her child(ren) just by being nearby.

But, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

People who go to food banks and soup kitchens are not all, or mostly, or even often “alcoholic, homeless, or a drug user.” They are persons who are hungry.

They experience, on a daily basis, various sorts of food poverty. Not because they choose it, but because they can’t afford to feed themselves.

“Concerned parents” may have the freedom and economic privilege to drive their child(ren) to any sports field or recreational area they feel is safe, and to eat in their home or any restaurant they like.

If only they could offer some mercy for less fortunate ones, who are compelled by no fault of their own, to use the charitable services of a community soup kitchen for their basic sustenance because they do not have the same financial or transportation options given to the privileged.

No evidence supports the fearful statement that Loaves & Fishes clients are any of the things inferred.

Let’s ensure the least fortunate among us are properly fed.

Let’s put Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House where it will do the most good.


Ron J. Suresha

New Milford


Author: Ron Suresha

Ron Jackson Suresha is an editor, anthologist, and writer. He is considered an authority on emergent queer masculinities, in particular the subcultures of gay and bi male Bears and of male bisexuality. For Ron's service to the bear community, he was named "Bear of the Year" 2008. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Suresha attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, 1976-8), where he studied creative writing, and Vista College (Berkeley, Cal., 1989-92), where he studied American Sign Language. For more than two decades, he has worked as a freelance proofreader for trade book publishers such as Shambhala Publications. He was married in October 2004 to Rocco Russo. He is also a licensed Justice of the Peace in Connecticut, an ordained minister, ULC, and a member of the New London Green Party. Nonfiction works include Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions; Bi Men: Coming Out (coeditor, with Pete Chvany); Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey (editor). His latest book is The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero, published by Lethe Press.