Notre Dame de Namur University Shares Thanksgiving Lunch With Homeless

Belmont, CA, November 18, 2010 — Notre Dame de Namur University’s Bonner Leaders and volunteers will share a meal with hundreds of homeless people at the 18th annual Thanksgiving in the Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (November 25) in Golden Gate Park.

Thanksgiving in the Park is an opportunity for the NDNU community to come together on a project intended to enrich those who are less fortunate. This year, the Bonner Leaders, a group of student leaders committed to community engagement, are leading the planning and preparation by collecting donations from NDNU and the surrounding community. The Housing and Residence Life department will also contribute funding and ask resident assistants to involve their residents in the preparation.

“The purpose of the event is to share a meal with someone from a different walk of life,” says Bonner Leader Jesus Garcia. “It is very important that everyone is aware that we are not feeding the homeless, we are having lunch with them. We hope to create social awareness on the growing issue of homelessness.”

In the past, students and their families have shared lunch with the homeless, listened to their stories and shared some stories of their own. Members of the NDNU community as well as local businesses have donated food and other items, and VET SOS will provide veterinary services, pet food, and accessories, such as dog collars.

Volunteers will prepare food on November 23 at 6 p.m. in NDNU’s cafeteria. Additional preparation may be required the following evening. NDNU students, staff, faculty and alumni will be located on the Stanyan Street side of the park between Oak and Haight streets for lunch on Thanksgiving Day. For more information, contact the Bonner Leaders through the Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement at (650) 508-4120.