(The following is from a press release)
Fifty youth and government delegates from the Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park spent the afternoon of December 9 making 300 lunches for the homeless. The lunches were delivered to the East Rancho Dominquez Community Center in Compton.
The Miller YMCA Youth & Government delegates are nine through 12 graders who attend Newbury Park High School and La Reina High School. They are part of a statewide program of 90 delegations that learn about how government works while they prepare, introduce and debate bills in Sacramento at an annual conference in February.
“Making lunches for the needy was an opportunity for the students to understand that government alone is not enough, that giving of one’s time and spirit is also needed to make society succeed,” said Veronica Rodarte, lead advisor to the Miller Y’s Youth & Government program.
The students made sandwiches, bagged carrots and placed them in lunch bags along with chips, candy bars and napkins. Progressive Produce donated gift cards to purchase the lunch supplies. Sheila’s Wine Bar & Restaurant and Trader Joe’s in Newbury Park donated the brown paper bags.
The event was coordinated by L.U.N.C.H. (Local United Network in Combating Hunger), a non-profit organization that was created to assemble lunches for the homeless.