LAGUNA BEACH, CA – The City of Laguna Beach is proud to announce our 10th Annual National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month in November. Proclaimed by the City Council and organized as a public service by the Housing and Human Services Committee, this month-long event brings awareness to the Laguna Beach community about people who are hungry and homeless in our community, our county, and our nation.
The purpose of Laguna Beach's Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month is to enhance community awareness of the issue in our society, our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach, and the community organizations that assist with these concerns in Laguna Beach and Orange County.
The Housing & Human Services Committee encourages our community to participate in activities offered during the Laguna Beach Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month. During the entire month of November, there are five (5) different ways to participate in this worthy cause:
1) The Laguna Food Pantry’s Annual Food Drive (November 1st-17th): Sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach and Waste Management for the eleventh year, the food drive benefits the Laguna Food Pantry, which provides free, fresh groceries to more than 300 local families in need each week. Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road north of the dog Park, the Pantry is open from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Food collection sites include U.S. Bank at 310 Glenneyre Street near Forest Avenue, plus many of the city’s churches, public and parochial schools, and Anneliese schools. New volunteers are always welcome. Phone (949) 497-7121 www.lagunafoodpantry.org. What food items are needed most?
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Macaroni and Cheese
Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Rice and beans
2) Girl Scout Toiletry Drive (November 1st-18th). Made possible by the Laguna Beach Girl Scouts and the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, our community can participate by donating unused toiletry items and socks which benefit our city’s Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL), which provides the homeless temporary nightly housing and other services year round. For a list of drop off locations, please contact Missy Palino at (949) 322-0470 / firstname.lastname@example.org. We are in constant need the following items:
New Socks (Adult sizes preferred)
Sample sized Shampoo and Conditioner
Individually Wrapped Bars of Soap
Toothbrushes and Sample Sized Toothpaste
Small Bottles of Lotion
Small Tissue Packages
3) Volunteering Time at the Friendship Shelter. The Friendship Shelter helps homeless adults achieve self- sufficiency and become more productive members of our community. Each night more than 160 homeless men and women sleep safely in one of our three programs; Residential Shelter, Emergency Shelter and Housing. This November, sign up to be a Guest Chef. Friendship Shelter’s generous volunteers prepare, cook and help serve hot, healthy meals for our residents every night of the week. Guest Chefs of all ages are encouraged to volunteer their time and recipes, and make a positive difference in the lives of our residents. To volunteer, call (949) 494-6928 or email office at friendshipshelter.org.
4) The Annual Laguna Beach Community Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner (November 23rd at Noon.) Join Friendship Shelter and the Neighborhood Congregational Church for Laguna Beach’s Annual Thanksgiving Community Potluck-on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 at 12:00p.m. An estimated 600 to 700 meals will be served buffet style, with food and supplies provided by individuals, churches and community groups. Donations of food-especially prepared and cooked turkeys-are needed and will be accepted beginning at 11:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at the church at 340 St. Ann’s Drive. The feast begins at noon. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Friendship Shelter Marketing Director, Kristin Points at (949) 494-6928 or email email@example.com. To donate turkey, contact Mary LaRusso at (949) 497-5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5) Attend a free film screening. (Includes Free Popcorn, Lemonade and Door Prizes) –Films will be shown in the multi-purpose room at the Susi-Q Community Center, 380 Third Street. If you have any questions, please contact Jheri St. James at (949) 494-5031 email@example.com
Thursday November 2, 2017 at 4:00p.m. “My Man Godfrey” (1933) “Class satire in a class of its own...screwball comedy as sharp as social commentary is biting.”
Thursday November 9, 2017 at 4:00p.m. “Wendy & Lucy” (2009) “Michelle Williams’ heartbreaking performance, timely portrait of loneliness, struggle.”
Thursday November 16, 2017 at 4:00p.m. “Dark Days” (2000) “Marc Singer’s documentary about homeless people living beneath the streets of New York City –haunting and uplifting in equal measures.”
Thursday November 30, 2017 at 4:00p.m. “The Cats of Mirikitani” (2007) “A look at an elderly street artist that turns into a sincere and deeply moving account of human compassion and healing.”To learn more about Laguna Beach’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month, the community is encouraged to visit: LagunaHungryAndHomeless.org