IAUC Holds 5th Annual Hunger Commemoration
The Irish American Unity Conference invited the California Irish Cultural Society, the AOH and other San Francisco Irish organizations to commemorate the Irish Famine at Saint Anthony’s Dining Hall. Volunteers at the May 14th event, helped serve food, bus tables, fill up juice glasses, etc. and had a great time doing it.
The American committee for the commemoration of victims of the Irish Hunger, has undertaken to support the Irish Government Commemoration Committee’s annual commemoration activities in Ireland and to encourage Irish American organizations to do likewise.
The Irish Famine of 1845-1851 (also known as the Great Hunger or An Gorta Mór) is one of the most catastrophic famines in modern history. It is estimated that, out of a population of 9 million in Ireland at that time, two million died, two and a half million emigrated. Most of those who survived in Ireland were destitute for decades afterwards.
Father Alfred Boeddeker opened the doors of St. Anthony Dining Room for the first time on October 4, 1950 in a former auto repair shop and served 400 hot, nutritious meals to his hungry and homeless neighbors in the Tenderloin of San Francisco. Now, more than 2,000 meals are served daily.The dining hall is located at 45 Jones Street. Meals are served from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Roger Gargano of AOH Division 17 commented ‘This is my 3rd year coming down to St. Anthony’s. I feel it’s not only important to remember the victims of the Great Irish Hunger, but to help the hungry of today.”
For information on the American Committee to honor the victims of the Irish Hunger, please visit their web site: https://irishhungercomm.wordpress.com/about/