WHAT DO OTHERS SAY ABOUT LUNCH ?
READ SOME LETTERS TO LUNCH:
There are no recipes or formulas for what
we do and no models to follow. Since we started in 1989, we have been
creating this as we go along. The best way we can tell if we're on the right
path, doing the right thing, is by the comments and letters we get from
those who share the journey with us. Sometimes when we're really exhausted,
we ask if it's all worth it... If there's ever any doubt, we take a look at
some of the letters that come unexpectedly in the mail. Here are some of
From a Social Service Agency Director: "I am always impressed
with the leadership and innovation you have demonstrated in the area of
hunger and with what LUNCH has accomplished in raising and distributing
money for this cause. By involving youth in these efforts, it is a double
blessing. You are the perfect example of how one person and a small group
can make an enormous difference!"
From a Teacher: "I want to thank you for your presentation at our
school. I am particularly pleased because one of the young men who was
helping you had given up on education. Seeing your performance has made him
rethink again that perhaps school isn't so bad after all."
From a Grandparent: "My grandson and I listened to hours of your
tapes on our trip. Your music really does bring peace and has such a deep
understanding of young people and all people's inner feelings about
themselves and others. Thanks so much for this ministry of yours with so
From the Governor of Connecticut:: "On behalf of the State of
Connecticut, it is a pleasure to extend greetings and thanks for your
remarkable contribution through LUNCH. I commend your efforts in the
community and your dedication to helping the homeless. Your selfless
commitment is an example to us all and an inspiration to the State of
From a Parent: "You have made an impression on my little girl
regarding helping and caring for others. She listens to your CD regularly
and often quotes your words. Your packages in the mail definitely bring a
ray of sunshine to my daughter's life."
From a LUNCH Participant: "I
have just recently witnessed many help those less fortunate by attending a
play put on by Bill Pere and the L.U.N.C.H (Local United Network to Combat
Hunger) ensemble. I was in the play, and I have to say, it was all fun and
games until we sing the songs about people going hungry. At some points,
despite the fact that I was wearing a broiling hot and stuffy ape suit, the
songs sent chills down my spine. I thought it was great that so many people
attended the event, and I am happy to say that [my friends] came, and paid
for tickets. I had lots of fun performing, but I also thought of people who
are in need, and those two feelings combined were very meaningful to me.
From a LUNCH Participant: "I had a great time singing on stage. I
love to be able to tell everyone that I sang at the Garde with the Steve
Chapin Band. Thank you for the great pictures and certificate. I already
have them framed on my bedroom wall. "
From a LUNCH Participant:
for letting me sing that solo. I've realized that I don't think I'm ever
going to be able to leave L.U.N.C.H. It's been a part of my life for so
long, I can't part with it. I've met some of the nicest people through it.
Everyone in L.U.N.C.H. means the world to me. And all the people we've
helped, even though I don't know them, are feeling the positive affects of
what we do, too. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help, and be
From a LUNCH Parent:
" It is certainly an honor to be part of an organization that does so
much for vulnerable children and families. In addition, the opportunities
that our own children have to mix and mingle so many talented performers is
From a Chapin Fan: "I just wanted to drop you a line to say how
much I enjoyed your concert at Cheney Hall. It was really a nice way for my
son and I to spend an evening together. I enjoyed every one of your songs as
well as Harry's which you stayed very true to. It's great to see Harry's
legacy live on especially with the young folks. The world needs more people
like you and Harry. "
From a Parent: "Thanks
for another great season. My daughter continues to enjoy LUNCH and I think
she has really grasped the fact that one person can make a difference, and
that collectively anything is possible. That is something that will stay
with her for her life and I thank you for your part in instilling that in
From a Legacy Show Participant: "This was an experience I will
never forget. I can't remember when I've ever had this much fun, and to know
that it's helping needy people in our own community is the best feeling.
Thanks so much!"
From a Summer Camp Participant: You may not remember me, but I
remember you. When I was younger, you taught me along with countless others
to appreciate music at Camp Wightman. I am now a junior at High
School in Massachusetts and I am the Chorus Advisor for my grade. I hope to
be on the to Boston College in a couple of years. I plan to continue in
music as long as I can. Thank you for inspiring me. I wish I could
contribute more. It's such a worthy cause.
From the Co-Founder of Harvest Homes:
Harvest Homes moved their first
family into their new home . A single mom with 3 kids. Our second
family will have a home this week! Thanks for supporting us, the press
got because of your concert helped tremendously, donors came forward
who weren't able to attend the show and who didn't know about us beforehand.
We would love to make it an annual event.
From a LUNCH Parent: I am deeply grateful for all the hard work
and devotion you put into the LUNCH project. It is such a blessing for the
kids and the community alike, and as such, it must be a blessing to you as
well. Our daughter's participation in LUNCH has been a very positive and
enriching experience for our entire family. The spiritual aspect that you
both bring to the entire experience via your example and songwriting is
From a parent whose daughter wrote about LUNCH as part of a school
assignment: Helping the world can be fun. In LUNCH, you're doing
just that. By joining LUNCH I learned that you can make a difference in the
world while enjoying it too. I've made new friends and seen old ones. This
activity is a great experience. Consider joining and get ready for memories,
lots of smiles, and make a difference in the world.
From a LUNCH participant: I am moving to
Maryland and I wanted to tell everyone how much I have enjoyed playing with
LUNCH. The group is amazing and a wonderful organization to be part of. I am
honored to have had the opportunity to be part of it. You guys have made me
feel so welcome. You are all family to me. That is why this is not a
good-bye. I will come up from Maryland and play in as many shows as I
can. I want to especially thank Bill and Kay for everything. You guys are
really the magic that makes this all happen. ! Keep the circle spinning!!!!
From a LUNCH participant: It's
amazing to be in touch with you again. I've gone over your websites and want
to congratulate you on all that you have accomplished. You have changed the
course ahead for so many people. It is with great honor that I sit here now
smiling and think that I was once a part of it. I must admit the sight of
your piano coat gave me a big goofy grin. I want to give you my thanks in letting me be a part of the
production. I do know that looking back on it gives me a warm feeling in my
heart and I hope that all volunteers to come have the same feeling when they
look back at their experiences as well.
From the President of a Hunger Agency Board:
Simply saying Thank You somehow
seems an inadequate, but I could not let the moment pass without
acknowledging your invaluable role over the years in helping us help others.
So let me say it: Thank You.
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For What we Do and How to be Involved, click here
You Are Here > To see what others say about LUNCH, click here
For a list of agencies we have helped, click
To learn more about the Founder of LUNCH,
developing young talent
For a list of LUNCH program sponsors,
For a timeline of LUNCH events, click