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Educating Others about Hunger

There are many ways to raise awareness about hunger—these activities have been successful on many campuses throughout the country.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. During the week, schools, communities, and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Learn how you can get involved and download a campus guide. For more information and an organizing manual, email handhweek@nationalhomeless.org.

Trade Justice Day. Kate Dillon, a student at the University of St. Thomas, organized a Trade Justice Day at her school. In addition to making people aware of the importance of fair trade, she brought in local vendors who supply fair trade coffee and sugar. Eventually students persuaded the campus library to order a large supply of fair trade coffee for finals week.

Highlight food waste. Demonstrate the amount of food students waste by weighing food that’s left on trays and thrown away during lunch or dinner at the cafeteria.

A hunger banquet. Each person attending is randomly assigned a role. The 15 percent in the high-income group sit at a table and enjoy a three-course meal. The 30 percent in the middle-income group sit in chairs and eat rice and beans. Fifty-five percent sit on the floor and receive only rice and water. They are the low-income group, and for one meal they suffer the fate of millions who live in poverty. Learn more from Oxfam America.

Organize a fast. Participants can collect pledges for each hour they fast. If students give up a meal at a campus cafeteria, the cafeteria can donate the meals to a food shelter or money to a hunger organization.

Race. A walk-a-thon or race can raise additional money through pledges.

Can drive. Collect cans and dry food in bins throughout campus. Clothes can also be collected to donate to a local shelter.

Musician. Invite a musician or band to perform whose music addresses social justice issues. The concert can raise money as well as inspire students.

Speakers. Invite a staff member of a local soup kitchen or shelter to speak about hunger and his or her experience with people who are homeless and hungry. This person could also recommend a welfare recipient or homeless person to speak at the event. Invite a state or national representative or staff member to speak about hunger-related policy. You could also form a panel of these and other speakers, including a Bread member or a student hunger activist.

Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or shelter.

Local Resources. Be in touch with local churches and Bread members already engaged in anti-hunger advocacy.

Have you had a successful advocacy or awareness activity on your campus? Let us know!

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