On the weekend of August 5th, some of my students and I had the honor to help feed 50 homeless people throughout Ventura County. My group of students is called the A-Team and the students lead community service projects on the issue of hunger. The students and I put bags together with food and water as well as some information on food pantries and free services. We dropped off the bags in Camarillo, Oxnard, and Ventura over a two-day period.
The homeless people were very grateful for the food and water. The project was a learning experience for all of us. The students learned that there is a homeless problem in Ventura County and that the county needs to do more for them to get back on their feet. Also, that we need to treat these individuals with respect. We also saw that hunger and homelessness sees no color. We gave bags to people who were Black, white, and brown; men and women. People who were young and old. Anyone is one accident or job loss away from being homeless or being food insecure.
Anyone can make a difference in their community by giving one meal at a time. It is important to encourage and empower young people to serve others. In addition, we need to be there for our fellow human being and just because they don’t look like you, don’t have a home, don’t speak the same language, and so on, doesn’t mean we should give up on them. As a community, we need to be more inclusive of our homeless population and not marginalize them. They are human beings. We must do more for all our people.
I am very proud of my students for tackling this project on the issue of hunger and homelessness. The project was a great bonding experience for my students and it really had an impact on them. They went above and beyond to make sure every bag had the necessary items. My students were very motivated to do more, make more sandwiches, and give out more bags. We plan to increase the number of bags we hand out to feed more homeless people and provide them with a few more items that they can use next time. I am excited to continue to do more of these projects and others this upcoming school year. It is so important to serve others especially those less fortunate.