Several NC Campus Compact member campuses are marking Hunger& Homelessness Awareness Week. Sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness, the week presents an opportunity for campuses to highlight problems of poverty in their local community. Typical activities include educational forums featuring community experts, service projects at local shelters and soup kitchens, screening topical movies, sleep-outs, fundraising and donation drives, and meal events like Oxfam America’s Hunger Banquet.
On some campuses, Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week is a project supported by a NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA member. Because these VISTAs are building partnerships with community based organizations that address hunger and homelessness, they take a lead in organizing this week of reflection and action. VISTA Anya Piotrowski has helped student leaders at UNCG organize a week-long slate of events. VISTA Leah Pallant at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia is managing a week focused specifically on hunger. Other campuses, including Appalachian State, and UNCA are also organizing Hunger & Homelessness events including a food and toiletry drives, service projects and film screenings. NC State University is hosting a meal packaging event in collaboration with Stop Hunger Now with the goal of packaging 125,000 meals.