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Twenty-five years ago, a group of students attended the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness in Boston. They brought back more than notes.

They brought a determination to replicate what they saw there students driving around city streets delivering food, blankets, hats and gloves to the homeless. Soon, Midnight Run at Marquette was born and the first cohort of 30 student-volunteers began working on hunger issues in Milwaukee.

The original plan called for handing out sandwiches at night. When it proved difficult to locate people in need in the darkness of a cold Wisconsin winter, the student-volunteers rethought programming. They set up at a central location outside the Milwaukee Public Library at lunchtime, and the hungry consistently lined up. The service continues. Each semester 160 student-volunteers sign up to work at 11 sites that serve the needs of the hungry and homeless.

“Midnight Run has continuously served lunch six days a week since its earliest days,” says Gerry Fischer, associate director of Campus Ministry. “The connections we make with those we serve motivate our students to work toward the social changes that can improve their lives.” JMM

Read the history of the Midnight Run at


Comment by Lynn Formella Winston at Oct 31 2013 04:17 pm
Great story of how a small start grew in to something so important. I would be interested to learn where the students who started this are now...and how their community service continued. Do they know the impact they had!?
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