Feeding the Hungry. Building Belonging.
Imagine the choice: food or utilities, food or medical care, food or housing. If you’ve never been in a position to face choices like that, it can be hard to understand the reality for millions of Americans. Yet, it’s a very real struggle.
According to Feeding America, a report by the USDA shows that 34 million people face hunger in the U.S. — including more than 9 million children — and in 2021, 53 million Americans relied on food banks and other community organizations for help feeding themselves and their families.
The issue of hunger in America is staggering. David Nasby, a former executive at General Mills, once sharpened the nation’s focus with the following insight:
“America is the richest country in the world. And yet tonight, thousands of your neighbors will go to bed hungry. It may be your child’s schoolmate who is undernourished and has difficulty learning on an empty stomach. Or it could be a co-worker, a working mother whose low-wage job doesn’t make ends meet. Perhaps it’s an elderly neighbor who has to make a decision whether to delay filling a prescription or buying groceries. The faces of hunger are as broad as the faces of America.”
And it’s with a similar spirit that Alyssa Carlucci, one of Grace Hill’s 2022 Impact Hero finalists, volunteers her time with Xavier Mission’s Welcome Table.
Xavier Mission is a nonprofit — or as they prefer, a “for-impact” — organization that runs a myriad of programs and projects, all focused on providing “basic services as well as opportunities for empowerment and self-sufficiency to New Yorkers in need.”2
One of the programs Xavier Mission runs is the Welcome Table, a place where the homeless and hungry can find a hot meal and a friendly face each Sunday, and it’s here that Alyssa has found her calling.
“Food insecurity is a terrible thing and affects so many people in so many ways. I was drawn to filling a clear gap in the social net.”
- Alyssa Carlucci
Learn more about Alyssa, her words of wisdom, and what her peers say about her impact on the local community.