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Hunger Initiatives

Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. During this week of awareness, Northern Illinois University students and faculty/staff groups team up with community and student organizations to present a week of events in recognition of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW)! The goal of HHAW is to educate NIU students about hunger and homelessness in our local, national, and global community while introducing them to the variety of ways they can help end hunger. During this week, hundreds of universities, colleges, high schools, and community and religious groups hold Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week activities, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2016 (Nov. 13 – 19)

Ongoing: (Nov. 13 - 19)

Winter Outerwear Drive to support the DeKalb Area Women’s Center
Donate new or gently used winter clothing items at various collection points on-campus throughout the week.
Collection boxes have been set-up in the following locations:

  • Campus Life Building
  • Latino Resource Center
  • Altgeld 100
  • Academic Advising Center
  • Grant North
  • Military and Post Traditional
  • Student Services
  • Sycamore High School
  • Kishwaukee YMCA
  • NIU Speech Language Hearing Clinic

Sponsored by: Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning

Sunday (11/13)

Feed My Starving Children MobilePack at Suter Company
9am – 11am, Suter Company, 1015 West Bethany Rd., Sycamore IL
Help pack manna meals for impoverished families around the world.

Sponsored by: Student Involvement & Leadership Development

Monday (11/14)

Hot Chocolate, Hunger, and Homelessness
11am - 2pm, MLK Commons, outside of the Holmes Student Center
Drink hot chocolate and learn about the real impact of hunger and homelessness both locally and globally.
Sponsored by: Alpha Phi Omega

Crocheting Scarves for the Huskie Food Pantry
11am - 1pm, Campus Life Building, Rm 100
Bring washable worsted weight yarn, a crochet hook or knitting needles (A limited supply of materials will be available). Check when you register at osc@niu.edu.
Sponsored by Operating Staff Council, The Giving Projects, and the University Honors Program

Tuesday (11/15)

The Line Documentary and Discussion
2:30pm – 4pm, Stevenson Smart Classroom, NIU
50 million Americans go to bed hungry every night. This is their story.
Sponsored by: Student Involvement and the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning

Crocheting Scarves for the Huskie Food Pantry
11am - 12:30pm, Campus Life Building, Room 100
Bring washable worsted weight yarn, a crochet hook or knitting needles (A limited supply of materials will be available). Check when you register at osc@niu.edu.
Sponsored by Operating Staff Council, The Giving Projects, and the University Honors Program

Thursday (11/17)

Poverty Simulation
6:30 pm – 9:00pm, Holmes Student Center, Regency Room
Experience, first-hand, what it is like to experience what it is like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.

Sponsored by: Northern Illinois Food Bank

Saturday (11/19)

Winter Clothing Item Distribution
10am – 2pm, DeKalb Area Women’s Center, 1021 State Street, DeKalb, IL
Join us to distribute winter clothing items to local residents!