Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger

Awareness is Change.

1 in 7. That's the number of Americans who lived in poverty last year.

The Center partners with the Human Services Program to plan a week of activities designed to challenge the GW community to confront the issues of poverty from a local, national, and global perspective.  We will have events going on all week and we encourage you to stop by to learn more about this epidemic.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2016 will take place in November 14th through November 18th.


History

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week began in 1972 when a group of students at Villanova University organized and coordinated week of activities to educate the campus community, increase community service, and build campus and community relations. Held every year the week before Thanksgiving, more than 500 campuses and communities organize and participate in several unique, educational events, including poetry slams, community service events, and hunger banquets, fundraising, and food drives.

At the George Washington University, the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service partners with the Human Services Program to plan a week of activities designed to challenge the GW community to confront the issues of poverty from a local, national, and global perspective. Dr. Peter Konwerski's students work in groups and each form committees around a different aspect of the week, including a food drive, Help the Homeless Walkathon, poetry slam, and hunger banquet.

According to recent poverty statistics, 44 million, or 1 in 7 Americans lived in poverty last year. In light of these statistics, it is essential the students of The George Washington University are aware of, and are actively working to combat, these issues. It is our hope that Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will empower students to make a difference in the world that they live in.

Take a look at GW's Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2010: