Hunger + Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (H+HAW) is an annual week of events that takes place the last full week before Thanksgiving. The purpose is to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness on a local and national level. The Greensboro & High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is currently ranked ninth in the nation for food insecurity. Greensboro’s day center for the homeless, the Interactive Resource Center (IRC), often sees over 200 people a day. Hunger and homelessness are prevalent issues; H+HAW at UNCG will raise awareness and provide opportunities for students to get involved in the community.

H+HAW 2016 Schedule

Sunday 11/13 – servGSO with BackPack Beginnings
Spartans kick off this week by volunteering with BackPack Beginnings, a nonprofit currently serving over 2,000 children a week through their four-tiered program of packing backpacks, food pantries, clothing pantries, and comfort backpacks. Help us help BPB by packing food and comfort packs for Guilford County children! Volunteers should wear comfortable, warm clothing.
Register for this event here. Volunteers will meet at the bus stop on Stirling Street at 1:30pm. 

Monday 11/14 – Soup for Hoops
The UNCG Department of Athletics, Wesley-Luther, and OLSL have challenged student groups to collect as many non-perishable food items as possible in the month leading up to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. All food items will go back to fellow Spartans through the Spartan Open Pantry! The winners will be recognized on-court at the men’s Basketball Spartan Showcase Game against Presbyterian. Register your group here.
Greensboro Coliseum, 7:30pm

Tuesday 11/15 – Operation Bed Roll
Operation Bed Roll aims to transform thousands of plastic grocery bags into “plarn,” or plastic bag yarn used to create crocheted sleeping mats that provide an insulated barrier for those who sleep on the ground. On November 15th, Greensboro Recycling Educator, Tori Carle, will be training volunteers on how to make the plarn and Greensboro police officers will distribute the mats to the homeless throughout the winter. If possible, volunteers should bring 10 or more plastic bags, Scissors or a rotary cutter and mat, and Q-sized crochet hook (16 mm). Register your group here.
Central Library, 219 N. Church St., 6pm

Thursday 11/17 – Empty Bowls Hunger Banquet
This year Empty Bowls is hosting a Hunger Banquet on Thursday, November 17th from 6:00PM-8:00PM in Moran 109. Help us raise awareness about a growing issue in our society today and participate in a simulation of food hardship that many around the world face on a regular basis. Bring a box of cereal to donate to Spartan Open Pantry or $3 admission
Moran Commons 109, 6pm

Friday 11/18 – Stop Hunger Now
Race the clock with RHA, CAP, and OLSL as we package 5,000 meals for hungry school children worldwide! Volunteers for this event will package as many meals as possible, with volunteer shifts from 10am – 12pm and from 1pm – 3pm. All meals built will be sent abroad to help international hunger needs. Click here for more information or to sign up for a volunteer shift.
Kaplan Center, 10:00am-3:00pm

Please contact Allison Heisel at for more information.

Special thanks to our campus and community partners: Department of Athletics, Wesley-Luther Campus Ministries, Residence Hall Association, Campus Activities & Programs, Office of Intercultural Engagement, Make A Difference House, and BackPack Beginnings.