About The Project

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What is Fifty Sandwiches

Fifty Sandwiches is a 501(C)3 nonprofit project dedicated to presenting the public with a rare glimpse into the lives and experiences of America’s homeless. With a goal to close the gap between public perception and reality, Fifty Sandwiches aims to foster the realization that there is more to homelessness than being homeless by creating an emotional bridge between readers and struggling strangers they walk past every day.

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The Plan 

Spread the word of Fifty Sandwiches and fund the project via Kickstarter
Circumnavigate the country documenting the stories and faces behind America’s homeless by offering sandwiches in exchange for interviews
Cram the stories into a book, using homeless profiles to encourage public awareness and understanding.

The Journey

After purchasing Milo, my 1990 GMC Vandura for the hefty sum of $1200, I embarked on my three and a half month journey throughout the United States. Coasting at a cool 13 mpg, I sought sleep in Walmart parking lots, street corners, and state parks. Armed with a camera and a recorder, I reached out to homeless shelters and programs throughout the nation, splitting my interviews between shelters and people I approached on the street.

The Interviews

The interviews were informal, intimate discussions lasting anywhere from half an hour to three hours. Each chat evolved into a dynamic collection of life struggles, stories, and philosophies from a population rarely given a voice. Upon departure, my only expectation was to have no expectations, yet somehow I often found myself bewildered. Each interview revealed a new shade of light to the spectrum of homelessness, showing me a color I had not seen before. Each story served as a bittersweet reminder that I had little to no grasp on the sheer depth of an issue that I had thought myself to be well understood.

I quickly realized my mission outlined in the Kickstarter to capture a collective face to homelessness would require 500,000 interviews. Each story was far too distinct from one another to categorize as an entire subset of the culture. While each individual story aims to humanize the homeless through emotional connection, the compilation of profiles now serves as a testament to the sheer diversity of the homeless population.

These are stories that want to be told and need to be heard.

Check out some of the amazing stories and experiences of America’s homeless here.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Seth says:

    can I get an email from you, the one I have is bouncing back on my server

  2. I can see this going a long way. It won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight however it will help to fill a void in the name of the too often unheard voice of the homeless population. Good luck in your journey through the country! Perhaps this could even go as far as a world wide, international adventure. It could be called 192 sandwiches representing a most touching experience that occurred in the making of 50 sandwiches. (I don’t doubt that you could find a more clever name)

  3. louise curiale says:

    I think want you are doing is wonderful. I have actually thought about doing the same thing, and I’m glad someone is out there doing it to raise awareness..I know there is a reason for ” everything” in life and why things happen, and you doing this might open some people’s eyes… There is a show on the BYU channel that is very interesting and similar to what your doing, I think you might like it, it is called “THE STORY TREK”

  4. Alyssa says:

    This is amazing. My dad is recently homless and its frustrating to see because he is such a good person and is trying the best he can to get back on his feet. He has nobody to help him, people keep turning their backs on him. He deals with depression too. I live in a different country so i try to help the best i can from 1000 miles away. I think he wants to do something like what you are doing. So thank you for showing the true stories of these amazing people who just fell on hard times.

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