“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me. And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Mt25: 35,40
During the first Sunday of every December, St. Paul High School organizes its annual March for Hunger. This special event supports the Catholic Worker of Los Angeles. Approximately 1 thousand students, faculty, parents and alumni will be walking 26 miles starting at Salazar Park to Santa Monica Beach. The walking tour of Los Angeles was designed by the events founder, St. Paul’s Dan Jiru as a lesson in social responsibility by exposing students to the stark contrasts between the area’s poorest neighborhoods and those of the most affluent. Students truly witness the economic diversity of our society today.
March for Hunger is St. Paul’s largest annual event, drawing together over ninety percent of the student body and faculty and dozens of adult volunteers. The money raised supports the Catholic Worker Hospitality Kitchen, an organization that serves the homeless of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. St. Paul challenges the students to raise money and walk the entire 26 miles from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica. The Money raised by the students is the largest annual donation the kitchen receives. Mr. Jiru designed the 26 mile route to take the students through six different cities covering all the variety, color and multicultural richness of Los Angeles.
Participants start early in the morning at St. Paul High School in the City of Santa Fe Springs for a 6am morning Mass and rally, this marks the start of the 26 mile walk. Bus loads of the participants will arrive to Salazar Park at 8am starting their journey down to Santa Monica Beach, and later returning back to St. Paul High at 8pm for a well deserved BBQ on campus. Responding to last year’s positive response, St. Paul once again has invited alumni and parents to walk in this year’s event. Dozens more will assist with health and safety, security and transportation. We must continue to set the tradition and keep the motto of St. Paul High School “Christ lives in me” is the message that lives in our students.