hunger and homelessness awareness week
November 10-16, 2012
This week across the nation communities are acknowledging a national crisis: Hunger and Homelessness. To some it may seem that these issues are unrelated; what do bellies have to do with beds? Two leading factors contributing to homelessness over the past 25 years are an increase in poverty levels and a lack of affordable housing. Homelessness is caused by all sorts of problem such as job loss, addiction, domestic abuse, foreclosure and mental illness and includes all sorts of demographics from adults to children, from veterans to immigrants. Imagine the streets full of hungry people that have slept in the cold. Would they be angry seeing the satiated of us vacantly acknowledge their existence? As Christians, we can read a very stark call in Matthew 25 in which our very response to the hungry and the homeless dictates our salvation. This week we hope to answer some of the questions and dilemmas that come up when considering the "least among us."
The Week's Events
Donate a Meal
Come to KU or Marycrest during lunch and dinner time and donate one of your meals! The proceeds will go towards providing Thanksgiving food to local Dayton families!
Thanksgiving Food Baskets
We are collecting non-perishable food items to donate to local families. Departments are encouraged to donate full baskets or a monetary amount. If you would like to donate food or money, please email us! email@example.com
Friday, November 9, 4:30-6:30pm, Humanities Plaza
Free Kick-Off Concert with Matter of Chance, Pizza and Prizes (gift certificates to Brown Street Restaurants). Please bring canned goods to donate to the Thanksgiving Basket Drive!
Saturday November 10
SERVICE Saturday - Help sort the Thanksgiving Food Baskets
Sunday, November 11, 4:00pm, ArtStreet
Film screening of "The Line", a documentary produced by Sojourners about poverty in the United States
Monday, November 12, 7:00pm, KU Ballroom
Poverty Simulation: Will you start out the month with only a $10.00 bill to meet your family's basic needs? Or, will you be one of the unlucky ones? You'll find out when you join us in KU Ballroom for a unique opportunity to experience the virtual realities of poverty. All are welcome to come. Please sign up here.
Tuesday, November 13, 12:00pm, Liberty Hall Room 08
Table of Plenty Lunch Discussion on Food Justice. Sign up here.
Tuesday, November 13 & Thursday November 15 from 6am-10am
Serving breakfast to the homeless at Target Ministries Dayton. Interested? Contact Kacey Auletto at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 14, 7:30pm, Science Ctr. Auditorium Rm 114
"Homelessness in America" Teach-In
Thursday, November 15, Homefull Shelter for the Homeless
Homelessness Plunge. Sleep out with homeless people and staff members from the homeless shelter. You'll learn a LOT! Sign up here.