Gets an upvote from me, Squire!
OK, where I live, the 'religious' are generally the main helpers of the 'down-and-outs'. e.g., Sally Army, Lions, Rotary, Finnish Lutheran Church (to which, if you're a member you pay Church Tax to fund it. I was stunned that so many folks do. Quick googling shows about 80% of the population voluntarily give about 1.5% of their income).
There are a few non-religious charities also, which do soup kitchens, essential food bags, etc. Finland aint poor, it's just that some unemployed spend their dole money on booze in the first week*. Social will give them a top-up if they're stuffed, surprisingly. Upto €250/mo.
Incidentally, which town do you live in? The "orange-robed bongo-bashers" sure know how to knock up a good curry! Worth a visit!
* My local pub owner _loves_ 'KELA (dole) Payday'! Police don't, however. Not helped by the new gambling machines, which accept chip and pin bank debit cards.
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