Fourth Annual Great Irish Hunger Commemoration
Volunteers Kenny Stock and Roger Gargano
By: George Trainor
The Fourth Annual Great Irish Hunger commemoration was held at Saint Anthony’s Dining Hall on June 6th. Newly formed San Francisco Irish Hunger Memorial Committee hosted the event, with volunteers from the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Division 17, Irish American Unity Conference and California Irish Cultural Society helping serve food, bus tables, filled juice glasses, etc. and had a great time doing it.
The American Committee For The Commemoration Of Victims Of The Irish Hunger (1845-1851) has undertaken to support the Irish Government Commemoration Committee’s annual commemoration activities in Ireland and to encourage Irish American organizations to do likewise.
Ireland’s Great Hunger decimated her population making it both the worst chapter in the country’s history, and arguably, the single worst catastrophe in 19th century Europe.
One in five adults in San Francisco lacks the resources to provide food for themselves or their families. In the Tenderloin, that number is as high as one in two. The meals served at Saint Anthony’s Dining Hall feed individuals and families who have slipped through the safety net: veterans, seniors, the working poor, homeless and low-income residents. The dining hall has served poor and homeless Tenderloin residents since 1950.
San Francisco Irish Hunger Memorial Committee member Roger Gargano commented, “Not only are we commemorating Ireland’s Great Hunger of the past, but we are supporting St. Anthony’s efforts to address hunger here in the present.”
For more information on the American Committee to honor the victims of the Irish Hunger, please visit their web site: https://irishhungercomm.wordpress.com/about/