LaRayia Gaston On Healing Homelessness With Love Beyond Reason
For activist and artist LaRayia Gaston, wellness at its core is about community, love, and compassion—especially for those marginalized in our society. As the founder of the Los Angeles–based organization Lunch on Me, Gaston champions a mission of love without reason to help feed the city's enormous homeless population with organic meals. Lunch on Me provides more than fresh food; its volunteers give homeless individuals an even scarcer resource: love. Gaston takes the healing modalities that have served her, like crystals and Reiki, and gives them out alongside hot meals. She makes it a point to remember her participants' birthdays and ask about their health. As she sees it, her organization's overall mission is not just to end hunger but to enrich the mind, body, and spirit.
In her moving #mbgrevitalize talk, she was joined by Kevin Call, a man who overcame homelessness with the empowerment and support he got from Lunch on Me. Gaston spoke about breaking the vicious cycle of homelessness with compassion and understanding, the role of mental health in this community, and the power of distributing love and energy everywhere, without limitation. Watch her full talk here to learn about Gaston's story, Lunch on Me's vision, and how You. We. All. can enact real change.
Krysten Peck is a freelance writer specializing in arts, wellness, brands, and visual storytelling. She received a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, and has done editorial and social media work at AOL, MTV News, and BuzzFeed. A city dweller with island roots, she's hooked on all-things ginger and likes to play in the kitchen. When she does exercise, she's usually chooses high-intensity activities like dancing, HIIT, and spinning.