Alice Robinson wraps utensils in napkins to prepare for her monthly luncheon at MLK Park in Long Beach on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Mrs. Robinson and her friends have been serving lunch for 15 years using donations and her own money to feed people in the neighborhood.
Alice has given away 13,782 meals to the hungry over the past 15 years – all funded by her own fixed income. Well, the number stood at 13,782 until Wednesday, when she added at least 50 more people to that list during the program’s 15th anniversary celebration. “I feel good,” she said as she watched people flood into Martin Luther King Jr. Park for the festivities. “I feel good about it.”
Alice, who at 80 years old uses her Social Security income for the meals, said she began giving away free meals once a month at the park because she wanted to emulate her mother. “When everybody came to our house, they always ate,” Alice said. “They never went away hungry. They’d come seven days a week, and she fed them seven days a week.”