Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual event held in November. Every year, a number of schools, communities, and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring awareness to food insecurity and homelessness. This year’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week at Georgia State University will take place on November 1-5, 2021.

During this week, Student Civic Engagement and collaborating partners host a collection of events designed to inspire student engagement, raise awareness, and ignite knowledge transfer among the student population on food insecurity and homelessness issues here in the Atlanta community. By fostering a network of collaboration, education and experiences among students, community, and campus leaders the hope is to have all participants takeaway insight, knowledge and inspiration. We hope this will lead to impactful actions and involvement aimed at alleviating food insecurity and homelessness within our community.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a collaboration with Panther’s Pantry, Dean of Students, Embark Network, Leadership & Service and Cultures Communities & Inclusion.

Monday, November 1, 2021 – 10 a.m.
(Virtual Program)
Atlanta Community Food Bank Tour

Join us and Luisa Forton from Atlanta Community Food Bank to take a virtual tour of the food bank and to learn more about its mission and operations.

View the Atlanta Community Food Bank Tour 

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – 11 a.m.
(Virtual Service Project)
Virtual Volunteering Workshop

Ever wished you could volunteer for the causes you care about from the comfort of your home? Join us to explore a variety of virtual volunteering opportunities so you can make a difference right now, wherever you are. We will explore different virtual volunteer opportunities, then students will choose what interests them. Then we will take some time to work as a group for every participant to complete their chosen task. Virtual volunteer opportunities can include promoting a supply drive, promoting a local organization that needs donations, writing to your representative about an issue that’s important to you, and more!

Virtual Volunteering Workshop Registration 

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(In-Person Service Project)
ACFB Hunger Action Center

This volunteer opportunity will give students the opportunity to help our community members experiencing hunger. Participants will work on a variety of tasks at Atlanta Community Food Bank including packaging and sorting food.

ACFB Hunger Action Center Registration 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 – 11 a.m.
(Virtual Program)
Wellness Wednesdays: Panther’s Pantry services and resources

Wellness Wednesdays provide an online forum for students to interact with a health educator, on a weekly basis, to discuss health and well-being topics, and learn about resources available to students. The theme for this week is “Healthy State Food Insecurity” and the purpose of the live event is to educate students on what food insecurity is and how it affects the population. In addition, students will learn about on-campus Panther’s Pantry services and resources and opportunities for student involvement focused on the association of health and well-being to student academic success.

Wellness Wednesdays Registration 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 – Noon
(In-Person Program)
Leadership in the City: Non-Profit Leadership

This event will give students an opportunity to hear from local nonprofit leaders about their field. Students will gain insight into the nonprofit field as well as the professional journeys of those who lead organizations in making a difference in their communities.

Leadership in the City Registration 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 – 3 p.m.
(Virtual and In-Person Program)
Student Financial Resources in Crisis & in Stability

There are several resources geared toward helping college students cope with financial crises like hunger & homelessness. But once a student’s situation is stabilized, what comes next? How can that stability be maintained? Join Fallon Proctor from GSU’s Embark Network to discuss resources for students in financial crisis. Then, Selethia Bell from Student Financial Services will present on financial literacy skills that can help students achieve and maintain financial stability.

View the Student Financial Resources in Crisis & in Stability presentation 

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
(In-Person Program)
New Life Community Ministries Tour

New Life Community Ministries is a faith-based, non-profit, 501c-3 organization that is the outreach arm and program base of New Life Church. The mission of New Life Community Ministries is to extend the practical love of Jesus, through transformational programs that restore hope, revive dignity and raise the quality of life for our global community. We welcome everyone regardless of race, national origin, creed, or religion.

Join Student Civic Engagement in a tour of the New Life Community Ministries facility and learn more about their operations and outreach initiatives. There will be a question and answer section of the tour included.

New Life Community Ministries Tour Registration 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 – 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.
(Virtual Program)
ACFB Hunger Simulation

Atlanta Community Food Bank will facilitate an activity that simulates the experience of food insecurity, followed by a discussion.

11 a.m. ACFB Hunger Simulation Registration 

5 p.m. ACFB Hunger Simulation Registration 

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – 5:30 p.m.
(Virtual Program)
Panther’s Pantry: Learn about Pantry Plates and Panther Recovery Network

Presenting Panther’s Pantry’s new to-go meals program and discover how Panther Recovery Network utilizes excess food from GSU dining halls to be served as Pantry Plates, the new to-go meal option from Panther’s Pantry. Learn about how this process addresses both food waste and food insecurity at GSU.

Panther’s Pantry Registration 

Friday, November 5, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(In-Person Service Project)
HOPE Atlanta service project

Join us for a service project at HOPE Atlanta where we will be assisting with packing food boxes for the community.

HOPE Atlanta Registration 

Friday, November 5, 2021 – 11 a.m.
(Virtual Program)
Foodie Friday: Student Nutrition Services Cooking Demonstration

A cooking demonstration showing meals students can cook on a budget and how to utilize Panther’s Pantry as a supplemental food resource.

Foodie Friday Registration 

Friday, November 5, 2021 – 2 – 4 p.m.
(In-Person Service Project)
Wylde Center Community Garden Service Project

Join us for an afternoon of gardening! We will be helping the Wylde Center harvest their fall vegetables which will then be donated to the community.

Wylde Center Community Garden Registration 


All Week – November 1-5, 2021
The Panther’s Pantry food and supply drive

The Panther’s Pantry is a student-run pantry that aims to distribute food, hygiene and additional products to students to alleviate stress associated with short-term food insecurity in order to effectively reduce hunger and support educational success. Your donation will provide food, hygiene and other basic necessities to those in need. Virtual donations are preferred.

Students, faculty and staff can visit Panther’s Pantry weekly for one food and one hygiene bag, as well as one Panther’s Plate meal (if available).

Panther’s Pantry Donation Page 

Any questions on the donation process, please email Panther’s Pantry.

To inquire for more information about Student Civic Engagement events offered during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, email Student Civic Engagement or call us at 404-413-1550.