The City of Laguna Beach is hosting their 8th Annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month in November 2015.
This month-long event brings awareness to the Laguna Beach community about the hungry and homeless in need in our community, our county, and our nation.
George Weiss, Chair of the City’s Housing & Human Services Committee stated, “The purpose of Laguna Beach’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month is to enhance the community’s awareness of the issue in our society, our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach, and our community’s organizations that address our hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach and Orange County.”
With the City Council’s endorsement, the Committee has added an educational component to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month. For the first time in the event’s history, the Housing and Human Services Committee is pleased to present an expert panel discussion called: “Homelessness in Orange County: Discovering Solutions Together.”
This discussion is open to the community and will be held on Saturday, November 14th at 1 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
Experts on the panel include:
• Mayor Bob Whalen, City of Laguna Beach
• Kelly Lupro, Housing and Community Development, Homeless Prevention Division, Orange County
• Karen Williams, President & CEO, 211 Orange County
• Mark Miller, Associate Director, Friendship Shelter
• Rev. B.J. Beu, Sr, Pastor, Neighborhood Congregational Church
• Laura Farinella, Chief of Police, City of Laguna Beach
The Committee has also asked an out-of-town professional experienced with such events to moderate this panel discussion: John Maceri, Executive Director of Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica.
The community is encouraged to send questions for the panel in advance to
In addition to the panel discussion, The Housing & Human Services Committee encourages our community to participate in other activities offered during the Laguna Beach Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month.
During the entire month of November, six different programs are featured:
• Laguna Food Pantry Annual Food Drive
Barbara McMurray, long-time supporter and volunteer of the
Laguna Food Pantry states “The most important items that are needed are canned tuna, peanut butter,
jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, and cereal.”
• Toiletry & Sock Drive.
Made possible by Laguna Beach Girl Scouts and Laguna Beach Community Clinic
The Laguna Beach community can participate by donating clean socks and unused toiletries which benefits our City’s Alternative Sleeping Location that provides the homeless temporary nightly housing and other services year round.
Fill socks with toiletry items and drop them off at locations throughout the city including the Boys & Girls Club branches, the Susi Q Community Center, and local churches.
• Rain Gear Drive sponsored by Laguna Exchange at 955 S. Coast Hwy is collecting umbrellas, ponchos, gloves, and scarves for the homeless in need.
• Volunteering Time at the Friendship Shelter by signing up to be a guest chef for the Shelter’s lunch or dinner by calling 949-494-6928 or emailing Kpoints@friendshipshelter.org.
• Annual Laguna Beach Community Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on Nov. 26th @ 12 noon at Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church sponsored by Friendship Shelter. All are welcome.
To learn more about Laguna Beach’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month, the community is
encouraged to visit Laguna Beach Hungry and Homeless Awareness Month