Article By: Genesis Espinoza     March 25, 2016 


There is a common misconception that poverty and hunger are reserved for the emerging world. The reality is that homelessness and malnutrition live in our own backyard as well. According to a report by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are more than 500,000 homeless individuals throughout our country. What is even more shocking is that each year more than two million kids will face a period of homelessness. Our neighborhoods are no strangers to hunger and food insecurity; 48.1 million Americans live in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.2 million children. 

FAU’s American Society Of Civil Engineering (ASCE) student chapter did more than just reach the current statistics, they took action and passed out lunches throughout a homeless community in Lake Worth, Florida. The treasurer of ASCE at FAU, Paola Arroyave said,

“One thing I would take away from this experience is that I didn't realize how much the homeless are in need and how I need to be more considerate of them. I also realized how good we made them feel about themselves by passing out those lunches.”

Paola Arroyave, ASCE Treasurer

I also asked the Vice President Gaethan Amedee if helping the community would be something he would like to continue doing, and his response was,

“Absolutely, I know there are many people we were not able to give food to and helping others is something I love doing.” As you can see these civil engineering students understand that they have a responsibility to enhance the welfare of society and they did so by giving back to the community."

Gaethan Amedee, ASCE Vice President