Hunger + Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. At UNCG, the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement works with campus partners and a student planning committee to plan and host a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.

In 2019, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week took place from November 16 – 24. Check out our calendar of events!

November 16 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Out of the Garden Project

Join us for a community service opportunity with Out of the Garden Project’s fresh mobile market. Transportation is provided, and details will be sent to registered volunteers.

Fresh Mobile Markets are mobile food pantries that serve families on a monthly basis throughout 19 locations in the Greensboro and High Point areas. Families can expect to leave a Fresh Mobile Market with at least 65 pounds of food. Out of the Garden Project serves over 1,500 families every month. For more information about Out of the Garden Project, check out their website here.

November 18 7:00pm, Greensboro Coliseum: Soups for Hoops

Join our student organizations in a competition to raise donations for the Spartan Open Pantry! The winner will be announced at the men’s basketball game vs. App State!

Soups for Hoops is a competition between student organizations to see which organization can collect the most donations to benefit the Spartan Open Pantry. The winner will be announced and awarded a trophy at the November 18th men’s basketball game vs. App State at Greensboro Coliseum. Donations will be collected starting November 1st and weighed between November 15 and November 17 by an SOP staff member.

All student organizations, LLCs, sororities, fraternities, students in departments, student groups of any kind, etc. are welcome to enter!

November 19 – 21 9:00am – 9:00pm, EUC #62: House of Privilege

An experiential event designed for you to explore different ways of privilege is recognized in our society. This “home” highlights privileged experiences and realities we oftentimes do not recognize. Come take a tour!

House of Privilege will be hosted in the Office of Intercultural Engagement, EUC #62. Our “Open House” is scheduled from Tuesday, November 19 from 9:00am until Thursday, November 21 at 8:00pm. Participants are able to complete a self-guided tour at any time or attend an Open House facilitated tour at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, or 7:00pm any day.

During an Open House facilitated tour, you will have the opportunity to tour the House of Privilege with a realtor. This realtor will facilitate a dialogue at the end of the tour to reflect on the privileges portrayed in this year’s House of Privilege.

For more information about this year’s House of Privilege, check out the Office of Intercultural Engagement‘s website.

November 20 11:00am – 2:00pm, EUC Maple: Empty Bowls Painting

Get creative and paint a bowl for a good cause! Bowls will be fired and sold on campus to raise funds for the Spartan Open Pantry. Students, staff, faculty – everyone is welcome to come paint a bowl!

Empty Bowls is an interdepartmental educational program that takes a stand against local hunger. The idea for Empty Bowls is simple – participants decorate ceramic bowls and purchase the bowl for a good cause. The bowls serve as a reminder that there are always “Empty Bowls” in the world. Empty Bowls is a week long event in conjunction with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. All proceeds from Empty Bowls benefit Spartan Open Pantry. More information can be found on the Office of Intercultural Engagement‘s website.

November 21 10:30am – 12:30pm, EUC Azalea: DIY Fleece Banket Project

Come learn more about issues of hunger and homelessness and what you can do about them while making fleece blankets to support a local organization this winter.

November 23 9:00am – 5:00pm: Catalyst: Hunger at Home

Fight hunger both off-campus with a local partner and on-campus with the Spartan Open Pantry. Transportation and meals are provided, and details will be sent to registered volunteers.

Catalyst is a Saturday program where participants engage in meaningful community service and be a spark for change! You and your fellow students will have the opportunity to learn about the social and environmental issues that have an impact on our community, serve alongside community partners in the triad, and reflect on your experiences as a group.

Catalyst Days are open to all UNCG students. Once you complete the registration, someone from Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement (OLCE) will be in contact you with information about next steps.

Our Partners

Thank you so much to our students and partner organizations that make these events possible!

Office of Intercultural Engagement

Campus Activities and Programs

Student Government Association

Make a Difference House

Spartan Open Pantry



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