Capping off the 2014 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, students, accompanied by a staff and a faculty member, traveled to the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland on Friday morning, November 21, to assist in preparing meals for the area’s homeless and hungry population.
Led by Kathryn Cody, Saint Joseph’s coordinator of social justice and leadership, students Hannah Gonneville and Jennifer Deacon joined associate professor of business administration Tony Girlando in the Preble Street kitchen at 7:45 a.m. The group spent the morning chopping vegetables for later meals and cleaning the dining area after breakfast had been served.
“We’re here in recognition of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week,” says Cody. “But this is something that we do throughout the year: The students come to me with their desire to serve, and I coordinate opportunities.”
Friday’s act of serving neighbors was just one component of the campus-wide awareness campaign. Earlier in the week, the College community engaged in panel discussions and fundraising and awareness campaigns designed to provide support for underserved populations.
About Preble Street Resource Center
The mission of Preble Street is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.