News Release


In the fall of 2005, a few students with a passion for social justice, a handful of spare change, and a package of brown lunch bags started a student-led outreach ministry at Trinity to feed the homeless on the streets of Chicago.

Since its humble beginnings three years ago, Sunday Snacks has found its place within the Service Committee of the Student Association and has refined its technique in serving others.

Each Sunday afternoon, students gather to assemble about 40 sack lunches to distribute to homeless people in downtown Chicago. In addition to the lunches, students hand out coats, socks, hats, scarves, and mittens during the winter months. The group also provides warm, special occasion meals during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holidays.

Jean-Raymond Desruisseaux '07 (fall) of Chicago, Illinois, and Andrea Dieleman '08 and Elizabeth Dyk '08, both of Grand Rapids, Michigan, serve as chairs. Since last fall there have been over 75 students who have participated on some level in the outreach.

"There are some weeks when I come back to campus feeling exhausted, disheartened, and emotionally drained," said Dyk. "But then there are the days when I can joke around with someone, or have a deep discussion about life, spirituality, or even politics. Those are the days I live for."

With participation in Sunday Snacks growing, the pioneers of this organization are pleased to see that serving others and sharing the love of Christ inspires fellow students to make a difference.

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