National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is Nov. 16-21

University Park, Pa. -- The Penn State University Park campus will observe National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 16-21) with a number of activities.

Today the United State has as many homeless people as it did during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Just last year, the national poverty rate rose to include 35.9 million Americans, 12.5 percent of the population. More than 36 million people were at risk of suffering from hunger in the United States, including 1 in 3 children. In addition, 3.5 million people were forced to sleep in parks, under bridges, in shelter or cars. Penn Staters can join together in becoming educated and engaged in the fight to end hunger and homelessness by participating in the following events that are free to the public:

--  Poverty on campus: Learn facts about local and global homelessness and hunger issues any time from Nov. 17-21,on the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center.

--  "Speak. Act. Change.”: Open mic and study break with Fair Trade coffee and snacks from 7-9 p.m on Monday (Nov. 17) at the Grandfather Clock Lounge in Atherton Hall.

-- Hunger banquet and “Faces of Homelessness” panel: Free dinner and local panelists to follow from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 20) in Frizzell Room, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. Pick up free tickets in advance in 209 HUB-Robeson Center.

For information about these events, contact Rachel Morales at
The week's events are sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, Office of Student Activities-EdAware Program Series, Penn State Residence Life, UPAC-Your Student Activity Fee At Work, Oxfam America and the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009