Hunger & Homelessness Week Awareness

November 14-19

A week long event held in November, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week brings greater attention to the difficulties that the homeless and hungry face on a daily basis and helps to promote the national endeavor to end hunger and homelessness.  Previous events include: Oxfam Hunger Banquet, canned-food drives, homeless speakers, and volunteer opportunities at the Akron-Canton Regional FoodBank.

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All Week Events | November 15-21

Canned Food Drive
Center for Service and Leadership, 1st floor Student Union
Drop off canned food or non-perishable items to donate to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

SNAP Challenge
What is it really like to live on a food budget determined by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program?(formerly known as food stamps)
To find out, serveAkron is bringing to campus the SNAP Challenge starting on Sunday, Nov. 15. The SNAP Challenge,offers students, staff, and faculty a view of what life can be like for millions of low-income Americans who rely on food assistance on a daily basis. Participants will simulate what it is like to live on a food stamp budget ($4.50/day) for food for the week.

Sunday | November 15

Movie: Pursuit of Happyness
2pm-4pm, Student Union Theater
Come watch the “Pursuit of Happyness,” a movie about the life struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). After being evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Free popcorn provided! Sponsored by ZPN.

Monday | November 16

Drop-In Service: Fleece Scarves
11am-1pm, Student Union 2nd Floor Lounge
Stop by to make a fleece scarf that will be donated to a local homeless shelter in the Akron community.

All In For Hunger
6pm-8pm, Student Union Ballrooms
Join ZPN and serveAkron for a night of poker, table games, slot machines, and a cash cube. For every two canned goods you will receive one raffle ticket. Over $2,000 worth of prizes will be raffled off.

Tuesday | November 17

Drop-In Service: Decorate Lunch Bags
11am-1pm, Student Union 2nd Floor Lounge
Stop by to decorate a lunch bag that will be filled with snacks and distributed at a local homeless shelter.

Stop Hunger Now [RSVP]
7pm-9pm, Student Union Ballroom
Learn about Stop Hunger Now’s mission to end hunger by providing food and life changing aid and join us in packaging 10,000 meals!

Wednesday | November 18

Drop-In Service: Fleece Blankets
11am-1pm, Student Union Trapezoid Lounge
Stop by to help construct fleece tie blankets to those in need. The blankets will be donated to individuals at a local homeless shelter.

Hunger Dinner [RSVP]
7pm-9pm, Student Union Ballroom
Join us for the annual Oxfam Hunger Dinner. This is an interactive simulation of poverty where guests are assigned the identities of people at lower, middle, and upper income levels and provide meals according to those designations. Meals and attendance to the event is free for all UA students, staff, and faculty.

Thursday | November 19

Drop-In Service & Thankful Thursday
11am-1pm, Student Union 2nd Floor Lounge
Stop by to help with a service project on campus and participate in the weekly “Thankful Thursday” question!

Post-SNAP Challenge Reflection Event [RSVP]
6pm-8pm, Student Union 314
Join us for an interactive event where we will share stories from those students participating in the SNAP Challenge. Even if you didn’t have a chance to live on a food budget of $4.50/day this week, join us for a great conversation!

Friday | November 20

Can Castle Competition [RSVP]
10am-12pm, Student Union Trapezoid Lounge
**12:30pm castles will be ranked by the judges
Gather up a team of organization members, or just a bunch of friends and show your creative side! Come build some architectural works of art made entirely out of non-perishable food items. At the end of the competition, all the cans/food items will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. A trophy will be given to this year’s winning team!

Service Opportunity [RSVP]
1pm-3pm, Haven of Rest
** Meet at 12:30pm in the Student Union
Volunteer your Friday afternoon helping the local homeless community.

Saturday | November 21

Super Service Saturday [RSVP]
8:30am-11:30am, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Spend your Saturday morning giving back to the local community in Northeast Ohio. Please RSVP to
**Meet at the Student Union at 8am.

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Facts

All statistics and facts came from the Akron-Canton Food Bank,, and United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.