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City’s Housing & Human Services Committee going all out to bring attention to Hunger & Homelessness Month

The City of Laguna Beach is proud to announce our 7th 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 the hungry and homeless that are in need in our community.  

Lauriann Meyer, 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 nonprofits that address our hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach.” 

For the first time, with the City Council’s approval, the committee has branded the event with a new logo and website that made its debut this week: LagunaBeachHungryAndHomeless.org.  “This year, our committee is committed to giving our community one clear and concise message using a brand identity, with multiple marketing impressions, and make them aware that the event exists while giving them a call to action,” expressed Marc Bruderer, second-term member of the committee and strategic marketing professional.

In past years, this event just included The Food Pantry’s Food Drive and The World Hunger Bowl and was previously only the first week in November.   But now in its 7th year, at the Housing & Human Service Committee’s request, the City Council extended the event to the whole month of November due to the additional programs now offered.    “We are bringing this event to a whole new level.  It’s not just a food drive anymore, but a way to participate, volunteer, attend events, and get involved” said Faye Chapman, long-time veteran of the committee and founder of Changing Souls, the non-profit organization that organizes the annual kick-off event, The World Hunger Bowl.

The Housing & Human Services Committee encourages the community to participate in the Food Drive benefiting the Laguna Food Pantry, which is logistically made possible by Waste Management who picks up the non-perishable food from food drive locations and neighborhoods throughout the city and delivers it to the Food Pantry.  Barbara McMurray, long time supporter, volunteer, and executive of the Food Pantry stated at the October 21 City Council meeting “The Most important items that are needed are Canned Tuna, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pasta, Pasta sauce, and Cereal.”

Other opportunities to participate include 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or giving the Alternate Sleeping Location, which houses homeless year round, their most need items:  socks and toiletries.  Fill socks with toiletry items and drop them off at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic.

The planned events:

“Gratitude for Glennwood” Gala on Nov 1st at The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

“The World Hunger Bowl” on  Nov 6th at 7 [seven-degrees]

The Friendship Shelter’s annual “Home” Gala on  Nov 14 at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel,

A FREE exclusive one-time screening of the movie, “The Fisher King,” (Rated “R”) on Nov 21 at The Forum Theater.  Sponsored by Waste Management.  Limited Seating.  

The Annual Laguna Beach Community Thanksgiving Potluck dinner on Nov 27 at The Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church sponsored by The Friendship Shelter.  All are welcome.

To learn more about Laguna Beach’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month, the community is encouraged to visit; LagunaHungryAndHomeless.org

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

(1) the issue in our society
(2) our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach
(3) our community’s nonprofits that address our hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach.

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.

For The Housing & Human Services Committee history or mission: Lauriann Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.