David Phelps, 50, stood for several hours on Sunol Boulevard in front of Raley's supermarket Wednesday holding a cardboard sign reading, "Will work for food or $."
He said he was inspired by the book, "Will Work for Food or $: A Memoir from the Roadside," by Bruce Moody, which he had with him. Phelps said he lives in Vacaville, in his car, and has asked for help in this way all over the United States.
People are generous, he said, giving him food and money. Sometimes they offer yard work and cleanup jobs.
During the Christmas season, he works as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and earns $8 an hour. "Unfortunately that's only in November and December," he said.