History of LMU's Feed the Hungry
This grassroots student-led program grew out of an encounter in 1998 by an LMU student, Theresa Thibodeaux ('02), and a young teenager experiencing food and housing insecurity. 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?" She returned to campus with the desire to do more. For nearly 20 years, students, faculty, & staff have volunteered their lunch hour in order to prepare and deliver lunches to our brothers and sisters in Santa Monica.
On-Campus Program On Hold
Our on campus FTH program strives to be a practical way for students and the greater LMU community to engage in dialogue with a concrete social justice issue, and deepen an understanding and commitment to our mission.
Typically, each Tuesday, we gather in front of Sacred Heart Chapel at 11:30 am to prepare 80-100 sack lunches. Then at 12:00 PM, members of our LMU student community drive to the Annenberg Access Center (formerly known as the Ocean Park Community Center) in Santa Monica to distribute the lunches with those experiencing food and/or housing insecurity/injustice. Transportation for 4-6 students is provided by campus ministry and we return to campus at approximately 1:30 PM.
LMU continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working diligently to safeguard the safety and well- being of our community. Until further notice, this on campus version is on hold.