“Feed the Hungry” Program with Local Elementary Students

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Here’s an article that I was featured in recently from LMU/LA!

ellen and son1CBA Management Professor Ellen Ensher recently organized a joint LMU/Westside Neighborhood School social justice service project as part of LMU’s “Feed the Hungry” program. For three consecutive Tuesdays in May, 17 second graders and 10 parents visited the LMU campus to make lunches for the local homeless community.

Students and parents met at the steps of the Sacred Heart Chapel at 11:30 a.m. to prepare and pack the lunches. Afterward, members of the LMU community drove to Santa Monica to drop off the lunches at a local homeless shelter. Meanwhile, Professor Ensher, whose son Mark is in the second grade class, followed up the lunch preparation with a campus tour and presentation with the Center for Service and Action.

“It’s really important to teach children early on about the importance of service and volunteering in the community,” said Ensher. “Feed the Hungry is such a great program for those who want to make a difference.”

For the past 15 years, LMU students, faculty and staff have volunteered their lunch hour to make and deliver sandwiches to Santa Monica’s homeless. 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 their understanding and commitment to those most in need. A great experience for anyone interested in field learning.