By Meg Quinn
Sunday, March 19, 2017
The Junior/Senior retreat was truly an eye-opening experience. Not only was I able to build upon my friendships with other Foundations members, but I also gained an entirely new perspective on the issue of hunger. The retreat’s theme was “Hunger for Justice” and throughout the weekend we continually discussed the global hunger crisis. Prior to this retreat I knew that hunger was an issue, but I never realized just how many people around the world are unsure of when their next meal will be.
During the retreat, we also engaged in an 18-hour food fast to express solidarity for those experiencing hunger. During this time we talked about many global injustices and ways in which we can make a difference. We learned about issues regarding education, immigration, and of course food. However, what will resonate the most with me is all of the information I learned regarding hunger. It was especially alarming to learn about the amount of food we waste; each American wastes about 20 pounds of food a month. Since returning from retreat I have made an effort to reduce my food waste and only take the food that I will eat. I have learned that there are way too many people struggling to have enough food and that I should not waste what I am fortunate enough to have.
Additionally during the retreat, we were able to hear stories and learn about ways to make an impact through service. Courtney and Jennie, two of our Foundations leaders, shared their stories from dedicating 2 years of service after college. After hearing their inspiring stories, I now hope to one day dedicate my time to making an impact in either American or international communities.
I am so grateful that I was able to go on this retreat – I got closer to so many of my Foundations friends and learned a lot about global injustices and ways to live out the Catholic Social Teachings.
Meg Quinn is a junior at York High School and an active participant in Foundations Youth Ministry.