Students Elevate Issues of Hunger and Homelessness

This week, many students will turn their attention from textbooks to world hunger in an effort to spotlight the issues of hunger and homelessness.

Shantytown: A Closer Look at Homelessness (2012)
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Students participate in Shantytown: A Closer Look at Homelessness as part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Photo courtesy of MOVE.

Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experience (MOVE) has partnered with Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) in order to expand the week’s activities from previous years. Activities begin Saturday for this year’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and are open to all. This year’s activities include volunteer projects, campuswide events, guest speakers, activist demonstrations and a candlelight vigil.

One campus-wide event, Sting Hunger Now, will take place Friday and have students, faculty and staff pack meals to be delivered to those in developing countries or crisis situations. MOVE is accepting food donations throughout the week and volunteers for the day of the event.

Hunger and homelessness are issues that hit geographically close to home given Tech’s location in Atlanta, home to many nonprofits and shelters that assist those in need.

To learn more about MOVE and this weeklong event, visit move.gatech.edu or view the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week schedule.

All Week

  • Hygiene/Dental Drive: Collection bins will be available at all events for donations such as (give examples). Collected items will be donated to a local dental clinic.
  • A Week Without: Everyone is encouraged to give up something each day throughout the week in order to be better able to relate to the plight of the hungry and homeless.

Monday

  • “Kick-off” Ceremony: Students are invited to kick off their shoes and wear only socks.
  • Shantytown: A Closer Look at Homelessness: This presents a chance to experience sleeping outdoors as the homeless do..
  • Hunger Banquet: This event is held in conjunction with Oxfam and will educate participants about hunger disparity.
  • Documentary Showings (10 a.m., 3 p.m.): Students can stop by the Student Center Theater to watch “The Human Experience” or “My Concrete Mattress.”

Tuesday

  • Shantytown: This presents a chance to experience sleeping outdoors as the homeless do..
  • Overnight Shelter Volunteering: Students will serve dinner and spend the night to assist those staying at the shelter.
  • Café Unplugged: CCF will host its Café Night without electricity. 
  • No Electricity: Everyone is asked to give up electricity and electronics (or a single one).

Wednesday

  • A Jug a Day: The challenge is to live on only one gallon of water, which includes what’s used for showering.
  • Candlelight Vigil: Candles will be set up around the Campanile with posters depicting hunger and homelessness around the world.

Thursday

  • Documentary Showings (2 p.m., 6 p.m.): Students can stop by the Student Center Theater to watch “The Human Experience” or “My Concrete Mattress.”
  • Homelessness Speakers Bureau: Guests who have experienced homelessness will share their stories in the Student Center Theater.
  • North Avenue “Night in the Quad”: CCF members will be sleeping outside, in the quad of North Avenue Apartments, to experience giving up shelter. All are invited to join.

Friday

  • Fast: Everyone is encouraged to go without a meal or two and donate the money saved to Sting Hunger Now.
  • Sting Hunger Now (Student Center Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.): This is a meal-packing event, which will help provide meals for those in developing countries and those facing crisis situations around the world.  
  • H&H Week Dance: An end-of-the-week dance will be held at CCF. The entry fee will be a hygiene donation. 

Saturday

Sunday

  • Hunger Walk/Run: Proceeds for this downtown 5K walk/run will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul foundation.