The Executive Director of Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK), Steve Werlin, thanks and congratulates Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project’s Hunger Heroes. Student Coordinators Rob LaRose and Brandon Hudik reflect on their time with DESK and Hunger Heroes. Below is the beginning of each reflection; visit the DESK blog to read their full reflections.
Beyond Charity: In Search of Justice
Growing up, I had always felt a strong pull toward serving people who are homeless, downtrodden, or food insecure. I initially got involved in high school, spending dozens of mornings serving breakfast at a downtown Minneapolis overnight shelter. I arrived in New Haven in 2013 and quickly found a similar opportunity in the Elm City: coordinating the student-run weekend soup kitchen that operates as an extension of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. For four years, this has been by far the most significant and meaningful aspect of my time here—and I’d imagine the same could be said for my best friend who has served alongside me as co-coordinator…
Separate Plates, Same Table
For the last few years, my college roommate, Rob, and I have been co-coordinating Yale Hunger Heroes, a student-run soup kitchen partnership between Yale and DESK that operates during the academic year every Friday and Saturday. Thinking about this program, as Rob and I wrap up the year as the coordinators, has become a sort of reflection on my time here at Yale, with the both humbling and enlightening memories of Hunger Heroes at the center.