Hunger and Homelessness

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 hunger and homelessness. This year’s Hunger and Homelessness Week at Georgia State University will take place on November 9-13, 2020.

Monday, November 9, 2020 – 11 a.m.
Homeless Outreach Proactive Engagement (HOPE) Virtual Presentation with Sergeant Corrigan

Join us to learn about the work Sergeant Corrigan and the GSU HOPE team do to work with the homeless members of our community.

HOPE Presentation Recording 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 10 a.m. – Noon
(In-Person Service Project)
The Backpack Project Sorting and Packing Event

Join us in welcoming The Backpack Project to GSU! At this launch event, we will organize personal necessities and pack them into 100 backpacks for the homeless in our community. These bags will then be dropped off at a local shelter and given out to those in need.

The Backpack Project Sorting and Packing Event RSVP 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – 8 a.m.
(In-Person Service Project)
Food to Families with Antioch Urban Ministries

We need you to help feed the hungry in our community! This volunteer opportunity will consist of stocking shelves with dry and canned goods, sorting items upon delivery, and bagging food for distribution.

This service opportunity requires proof of a negative COVID test that was done TWO WEEKS before the date of the project. Get a free COVID-19 Test for GSU Student, Staff, ad Faculty here. Testing begins Monday November 9, 2020 on all GSU campuses.

Food to Families RSVP 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Noon
Roundtable Discussion – Challenge Your Beliefs about Hunger and Homelessness

Join us for an interactive discussion about breaking the stigma that surrounds homelessness and food insecurity! We want everyone to share their opinions on what they believe creates these social issues and the ways in which we can help.

Roundtable Discussion RSVP 

Thursday, November 12, 2020 – 9 a.m.
(In-Person Service Project)
Come Get Dirty, and Have Fun on an Urban Farm with Truly Living Well

Volunteer at an urban, non-profit farm! We will be working together to complete farm tasks in order to keep the farm operating at peak level and its herbs and plants flourishing. Tasks may include harvesting and processing produce, filling beds with soil, weeding, planting seedlings, and watering.

Truly Living Well RSVP 

Thursday, November 12, 2020 – Noon
Atlanta Community Food Bank Hunger Simulation with Luisa Fortin

During this online workshop and digital simulation, we will explore the barriers to access to nutritious food that individuals and families face every day. We will discuss what it means to be food insecure, the impact food insecurity has on community health and what the Atlanta Community Food Bank is doing to close the meal gap in our community.

ACFB Hunger Simulation RSVP 

Thursday, November 12, 2020 – 3 p.m.
In-Person Tour and Insight of the Atlanta SafeHouse Shelter

SafeHouse Outreach (SHO) is a nonprofit organization that aims to transition people from homelessness to a point of stability and independent living. Join this tour of their facility to learn more about how they help the homeless in our community.

Safehouse Tour RSVP 

Friday, November 13, 2020 – Noon – 2 p.m.
(In-Person Service Project)
Food Pantry Distribution Prep with Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church

Join the Pantry at HMUMC in feeding those in need in our community. Volunteers at the Pantry will unload, weigh and sort food deliveries, organize freezers and refrigerators, and prepare food for their Saturday distribution.


Friday, November 13, 2020 – 6 p.m.
Instagram Live Food Cooking Demo with the Panther’s Pantry

Join our live cooking class to learn how to create affordable, nutritious, and delicious meals! This demo will focus on budget friendly ingredients, many of which are commonly given out at food banks.

Instagram Live Food Cooking Demo RSVP 

All Week – November 9-13, 2020
The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) Thanksgiving Food Drive

C.H.O.I.C.E.S. will be hosting a Thanksgiving food giveaway on November 21st. In preparation, they are asking students to donate Thanksgiving food items. Give back by purchasing something from their Amazon Wishlist, such as mac and cheese or boxed stuffing, which they will use to stock their event.

C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Amazon Wishlist 

To inquire for more information about Georgia State University Civic Engagement events offered during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, contact Student Civic Engagement at 404-413-1550.