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Live on the breadline

刊登日期: 2019.04.05
作者: Grace Tse  

Recently, an international survey has shown that Hong Kong is now as expensive to live in as Paris and Singapore. The high cost of living is causing hardship for people who “live on the breadline”. These poor people survive on very low incomes or live at subsistence level. 

The word “breadline” (originally “bread line”) comes from a queue of people waiting to receive bread or other food distributed as charity in the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century. 

Scholars believe that the charity was started by Charles Louis Fleischmann in 1876. Fleischmann, a Jewish(猶太) man born near Hungary, emigrated to the United States and opened a bakery. As an innovative producer of yeast, he ran a successful bakery. 

One day, Fleischmann noticed that some hungry men were always standing outside his bakery taking in the scent of freshly-baked loaves. So, he decided to launch a charity known as “The Bread Line”. Every night, he gave out unsold bread to those in need. He also helped those unemployed to get jobs. 

An early figurative use of “bread line” appeared in an American newspaper in 1907. The news reported that telegraphers conducted a strike because their bosses wanted: 

“… to keep the wages of the telegraphers close to the bread line …” 

During Lent(四旬期), a season for Christians to reflect on and prepare for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us show our care and give alms to those who live on the breadline(十分貧困;僅夠糊口)in our community.  


Glossary 
Hardship 
困苦
Subsistence 
維持生活
Charity 
慈善
Yeast 
酵母
Strike 
罷工
Crucifixion 
被釘死在十字架
Resurrection 
復活
Alms 
施捨

 

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