TWO STUDENTS BRING LIGHT TO COMMUNITY HUNGER ISSUE
BLUE LAKE, CA- Two students are using a school project to bring awareness to a community hunger issue. It’s part of an art initiative headed by Dell’Arte students. Hunger, is an issue that affects communities worldwide, and students Jacob Trillo and Anthony Arnista say Blue Lake is no exception. Trillo added, "Hunger is a thing that effects everybody is what it really comes down to...it's something that we all need, it's something we all have in common, it's something we can all relate to.”
And to bring awareness to the issue they created “The Voice of Hunger,” a play that aims to bring light to the circumstances of hunger in Blue Lake. Arnista said, "Del'Arte promotes a lot of self driven artist. So a lot of what we find in this project is for us is its students and emerging artist to find out how to create a show together with the community."
A community, with what they say has all the resources but lacks communication with its residents. Trillo added, "There’s this women who has lived here since the 70's and she didn't know there was a food pantry."
But there is, one is at the grange and the other is at the Blue Lake Family Resource Center. It was established in 2002 and the center is only open Wednesday through Friday.
Brian Olson works at St. Vincent de Paul and says the resource center is run by St. Josephs; and that the center is only for emergencies. Olson added, "I think food for people and our community resource centers are seeing an increase in the need of people not having their food needs met each month."
And that’s exactly what these students are trying to display. Trillo said, "We all take care of each other and that we need to realize that how it works. Especially out in these small communities. We are all out here together and that's all we have.”