Northern Illinois University students and faculty/staff groups are teaming up with community organizations to present a week of events in recognition of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, nationally held from Saturday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 24.
The goal of the week is to educate NIU students about hunger and homelessness in local, national and global communities while introducing them to a variety of ways in which they can help end hunger.
This year’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will feature a variety of service, reflection and educational opportunities.
Individuals will have a chance to work with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and Feed My Starving Children during scheduled volunteer shifts that have been reserved on behalf of the institution. Donations and proceeds from the Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs’ (CAUSE) “Eat for a CAUSE” pizza sale during the week will help support the food bank.
Among several presentations:
- “Hunger & Homelessness in DeKalb County: The Problem and the Solutions,” an open dialogue sponsored by the University Honors Program.
- The viewing of, and discussion about, two short documentaries focused on adolescent homelessness created by NIU’s own Laura Vazquez. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning.
The Muslim Student Association, STAND and the Anthropology Club will host tables in Holmes Student Center and DuSable Hall before and during the week to get students to pledge to fast for a day, which will conclude with the Fast-A-Thon reception Friday, Nov. 22.
Meanwhile, NIU Athletics and Interfraternity Council will host an off-campus canned-food drive, and the Huskie Service Scholars program will collect winter coats and accessories during the week for families in need.
A complete calendar of events is available online. All events are free to attend; however, service events require pre-registration as spots are limited.
Contact Destiny McDonald at [email protected] to register for an event or with questions, comments or concerns.