Hunger & Homelessness Week
The office of Civic Engagement sponsored its third annual Hunger and Homelessness Week from November 10-14 in partnership with numerous campus and community partners. The week was meant to bring awareness to the issues that so many individuals in our community face every day.
The week included a wide range of events including two large scale panel discussions where students learned about food pantries and urban gardening, as well as what it is like to experience homelessness in Atlanta. Many of Georgia State University’s nonprofit partners came together for a networking event where students could learn about working in the nonprofit sector. Students engaged in discussion on the relation between homelessness and sex trafficking in our weekly Civic Engagement Coffee Talk. The Atlanta Community Food Bank presented a discussion on food insecurity, while SafeHouse Outreach lead students on two City Walks where they showed students what it is really like to live homeless in the city.
Throughout the week, students participated in several community service projects at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, SafeHouse Outreach, Café 458 and Covenant House, including one special project at Gateway Center in honor of Veteran’s Day where students engaged in a foot care clinic for veterans called Common Soles.
University Housing hosted Boxing Hunger where students camped out overnight to get a small taste of what it is like to live homeless. The next morning, participants engaged in service in the local community with a heightened sense of the importance of giving back.
Throughout the week, students, faculty and staff donated canned food items to help feed the hungry. Hunger and Homelessness Week culminated with Georgia State University presenting over 1,200 canned food items at Turner Field on 11 Alive News’ Can-a-Thon benefiting Salvation Army.