Feed the Hungry
Date(s)/Time(s)/Duration/Location(s): Every Tuesday, 11:30 am prepare lunches, 12:15 to 1:30 pm deliver lunches to Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica
Campus Organization, Contact Person and Contact Information: Campus Ministry, April Gutierrez, email@example.com, 310.338.5707
Activity: Students, faculty, and staff volunteer their lunch hour to make and deliver sandwiches to Ocean Park Community Center. Every Tuesday, we gather on the steps outside of Sacred Heart Chapel at 11:30 a.m. to make and pack lunches. Then at 12:15 p.m. (during Convo hour), members of the LMU community drive to Santa Monica to share lunches and enter into friendship with the homeless and hungry. The "Feed the Hungry" program strives to be a practical way for students and the greater LMU community to do direct service, to become exposed to concrete social justice issues, and to deepen our understanding and commitment to those most in need.
Experiences: Feed the Hungry is a great way for students to take part in service on campus. Feed the Hungry is a program that gives a direct link to the homelessness and hunger issues around our community and allows students to gain insight into how we can not only help but serve the outer bounds of LMU. Many students continue to come each week because of the friendships they have created and the insights they have gained through making the sandwiches and witnessing the mouths they feed and the stomachs they fill.
Keywords: Hunger, Homelessness, On-campus service, Off-campus service
Background: This grassroots program grew out of an encounter in 1998 by Theresa Thibodeaux (’02) with a young pregnant teenager. Thibodeaux recalled “I began to question what I was seeing, wondering how a country so rich that it guarantees the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness allows this to happen to its very own citizens?” And so “Feed the Hungry” was born...
Professors and/or classes that have been involved in the activity in the past:
Ed Mosteig, Department of Mathematics
Experience (reflections or feedback from students or instructors):
Thanks for arranging the trip yesterday. Everything went very well, and it was a positive experience for the students. I will encourage them to join you from time to time on Tuesdays!