Student Action in the News
Thursday evening, the Central Library mall resembled a refugee camp, complete with cardboard housings and lines for chili served with a ladle.
It was luck of the draw that determined how much some UNMstudents ate for lunch during a hunger demonstration on Wednesday.
The New Mexico Public Interest Research Group hosted a hunger demonstration near Smith Plaza in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
NORTH ADAMS -- Plates were stacked high with turkey, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, stuffing, turnip and peas and carrots, as some 300 local residents sat down to a buffet-style early Thanksgiving at the Berkshire Food Project on Monday night.
Local restaurant chefs prepared most of the dinner, helping to provide a hot evening meal to the community for the second year in a row.
Thursday night, I attended the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet held in the Nyumburu Cultural Center, and it was an eye-opening and memorable addition to the events that marked National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. There were more than 100 people in attendance. The event was organized by MaryPIRG, and all of the food was donated by Hillel.
by Holly Ramer
CONCORD, N.H. - Pulling an all-nighter just a week into winter term has paid off for three Dartmouth College students, not with good grades but with a massive fundraising campaign that has raised more than $133,000 for Haiti's earthquake victims and become a model for other campuses.
Every day, one out of nine Americans uses food stamps.
Last year alone, 644,281 Indiana residents utilized the food stamp program.
This week, as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, two students decided to take part in Indiana Public Interest Research Group’s Food Stamp Challenge, which began Nov. 15 and will run until Saturday.
The two participants are IU senior Corrin Harvey and sophomore Alicia Cooley. Their challenge is to live on only $33 of food for one week.
Paw Paw senior Brooke Willis chose to go homeless for 24 hours Wednesday.
“We had blankets and sleeping bags and stuff, so it’s not as cold as it has to be for someone who has to legitimately try and do this every night,” Willis said.
After an hour of cardboard house-building, starting at midnight Wednesday on the sidewalk beside Charles V. Park Library, and two hours of chalking homelessness statistics around campus, around 12 students crawled into their makeshift homes for the night to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness.
By Lane Smith
From selling pancakes for poverty to promoting hunger and homelessness awareness, many University and community groups are trying to do their part as the holiday season begins. Thanksgiving has been the focus of several volunteer projects in the area, despite the difficulties of recruiting volunteers.
“Everyone at the beginning of the semester wants to volunteer, but as the semester goes on and everyone gets busy, they don’t know what kind of time they have,” said Alefiyah Master, director of Hunger and Homelessness and a senior in ACES.
By Jake Seman
For three nights every year, a group of first-year students spend three days and nights homeless. The students are part of Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Leitch’s First-Term Seminar (FTS) on homelessness. The students spend the three days living as if they were homeless.
The students sleep outside in cardboard boxes or on the floor in Christ Chapel. During the day, the students sit outside the Market Place waiting for other students to give them food, asthey are not allowed to buy the food themselves.
By Amy McDavitt
Chances are, the last people on the minds of UConn students as they get into bed each night are those who do not have such a bed waiting for them.
And that's exactly what David Fenn wants them to consider.
"Think about the fact that some people don't have that opportunity," he said to the group of students gathered around him at Dow Field Tuesday night.