Business owner, advocate, homeless organization awarded local peace and justice awards

A restaurant owner, a longtime community advocate and a nonprofit to help homeless families recently were awarded peace and justice awards for their work in Lawrence.

The Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice and the Ecumenical Campus Ministry presented the Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Award to three recipients at an event this week.

Family Promise was given the organization award for its work to provide housing and other assistance to families who are experiencing homelessness. The organization was honored, in part, for its efforts to keep its housing program operational during the challenges of the pandemic.

Two awards were given to two individuals, Graham Kreicker, a longtime community advocate, and Meg Heriford, owner of downtown’s Ladybird Diner.

Kreicker was cited for a lifetime of work in Lawrence that includes leading an effort to get a living wage ordinance approved in the city, support for Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and various social justice causes, which have included financial sponsorships and other assistance for asylum seekers.

Heriford was honored, in part, for the five-day-per-week free lunch service she has run from her diner in downtown during the pandemic. Meals are provided to anyone who asks for one, and the program has been cited as a significant effort to fight food insecurity during the pandemic.


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