Sowing Hope 2015

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month

By Christian Apitsch, Class of 2019

1 in 7. That is the number of Americans who are currently affected by poverty. Today, many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities each day. A staggering 43.1 million Americans live below the poverty line. The University of Dayton dedicates the month of November to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness to highlight these widespread problems. 

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month is a unique tradition that embodies the University's deeply rooted Marianist foundation.  The Marianist vision of community living is founded through the principle that every individual has innate dignity because everyone is made in the image and likeness of God. On campus, there is a mini-course dedicated to this topic. In this course, students serve as the Leadership Team for Hunger and Homelessness Month by organizing dinner dialogues, film screenings, and food collections to raise money for local organizations. Through these activities, students are building community and working to raise up voices that are affected by hunger and homelessness. By engaging in advocacy and activism with peers, the mini-course helps energize the Dayton community to fight for change and become more understanding of an issue that affects millions. Below are some of the events open to the public that the class will be hosting during November, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month:

Wednesday, November 1: Film Screening: 58: Fast Forward to the End of Poverty, 7-8:30pm at ArtStreet Studio B

Monday, November 6: Oxfam Hunger Banquet, 5:30-7:30pm at VWK Main

Tuesday, November 14: Table of Plenty, 12:30-1:30pm at Liberty Hall 08

Saturday, November 11: Thanksgiving Food Baskets Service Saturday, 8:30am-2:00pm

Thursday, November 16: Homelessness Plunge/SleepOut, 7pm at 33 W. First Street Dayton, OH