University Volunteers Help Philadelphia’s Homeless Population

Volunteers made hundreds of sandwiches for the city's homeless population.

Volunteers made hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the city’s homeless population.

Over 160 volunteers from the University community participated in last week’s Hunger and Homelessness event in the Kanbar Performance Space. During the break period, they made 582 sandwiches, 54 scarves and blankets from materials donated by Gaffney’s Fabrics in Germantown, and 268 Jenna’s Blessing Bags filled with items like granola bars, bottled water, socks, hand warmers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues and combs.

Volunteers donated the sandwiches to the Face to Face shelter in Germantown and some of the scarves and blessings bags to the Attic Youth Center. They distributed the remaining blessings bags, scarves and blankets to the city’s homeless population living on the streets near Logan Circle, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Saint John’s Hospice.

The Community Service Club, Theta Phi Alpha, the Queer Student Union and Future Alumni Association organized the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness event, under the guidance of Louise McShane, coordinator of community service programs.

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