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City of Laguna Beach
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505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, Ca 92651
Phone: (949) 497-0713 


Subject :City to Take Part in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month
Contact :Greg Pfost    (949) 497-0361

The City of Laguna Beach is pleased to announce its participation in the 11thAnnual National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month. During the month of November, this event brings awareness to the Laguna Beach community about people who are hungry and homeless in our community, our county, and our nation.  

  • Proclaimed by the City Council and organized as a public service by the Housing and Human Services Committee, 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.  To learn more about Laguna Beach’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month, the community is encouraged to visit:

During the entire month of November, there are seven different ways you can participate:

  • Volunteering Time at the Friendship Shelter. The Friendship Shelter helps homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency and become more productive members of our community. 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
  • Community for Change Fundraiser (November 3rd): Join the Laguna Beach Networks “Power of Love to Bring Change” Fundraiser (Dinner, Entertainment, and Silent Auction) on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 6:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online at Proceeds will benefit the Laguna Beach Networks-Helping Hands from the Homeless Program. The event will be held at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, located at 286 St. Ann’s Drive. For more information, please contact Don Sciortino at (714) 231-1230 
  • Free Film Screening (Includes Refreshments and Door Prizes) –Films will be shown in the multi-purpose room at the Susi-Q Community Center, 380 Third Street. Wednesday November 7, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. “The Florida Project” (2017) “Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World. Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. “Dark Days” (2000) “Marc Singer’s documentary about the homeless population who live in the underground tunnels of New York City –haunting and uplifting in equal measures.” If you have questions, please contact Jheri St. James at (949) 494-5031
  • Winter Clothing Drive (Month of November). Gather up your gently used winter clothing and drop it off at the Laguna Exchange, located at 995 S. Coast Highway (corner of Anita Street and PCH on the Ocean side of the street), open from 11:00-5:00pm Sunday-Thursday, and 11:00-6:00p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • The Annual Laguna Beach Community Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner (November 22nd at Noon.)Join Friendship Shelter and the Neighborhood Congregational Church for Laguna Beach’s Annual Thanksgiving Community Potluck-on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018 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 prepared and cooked turkeys and food are needed and will be accepted beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the church at 340 St. Ann’s Drive. To donate turkey, contact Mary LaRusso at (949) 497-5641 or The feast begins at noon. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Friendship Shelter Marketing Director, Kristin Points at (949) 494-6928 or email 
  • The Laguna Food Pantry’s Annual Food Drive (Month of November): Sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach and Waste Management, 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 8:30 a.m. 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

What food items are most needed?

1.      Peanut Butter and Jelly

2.      Canned Tuna

3.      Cereal

4.      Macaroni and Cheese

5.      Pasta and Pasta Sauce 

6.      Rice and beans

  • 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  We are in constant need the following items: 
  1. New Socks (Adult sizes preferred)
  2. Sample sized Shampoo and Conditioner
  3. Individually Wrapped Bars of Soap
  4. Deodorant
  5. Toothbrushes and Sample Sized Toothpaste 
  6. Sunscreen
  7. Small Bottles of Lotion
  8. Lip Balm
  9. Disposable Razors
  10. Feminine Products
  11. Small Tissue Packages
  12. Bandaids
  13. Washcloths
  14. Brushes/Combs

About Laguna Beach’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month

The Purpose of Laguna Beach's Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month is to enhance the community's awareness of:

(1) Homelessness in our society
(2) Our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach
(3) Community organizations that address our hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach. 

About Laguna Beach’s Housing & Human Services Committee

The Housing & Human Services Committee assesses and identifies housing opportunities and human needs for all segments of the community, provides input on the City's Housing Element of the General Plan, informs and makes recommendations to the City Council and other community leaders, and increases awareness to the community of programs to fill these needs.