National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week - November 13-17, 2017

Hunger and Food Insecurity Facts

  • What is food insecurity? The state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food.
  • A nationwide study by NSCAHH and Student PIRGs in 2016 surveyed students at 34 colleges and found that 48% respondents reported being food insecure, including 22% with very low levels of food security that qualified them as hungry.
  • More than 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty.
  • 795 million people – or one in nine people in the world – do not have enough to eat. Of those, 60% are women.
  • Every 10 seconds, a child dies of a hunger-related disease worldwide.

Taking place the week before Thanksgiving, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week serves as a time to reflect on what we are grateful for and how we can come together to shed light on a pair of issues affecting millions of Americans today. The Office of Student Volunteerism, the Comet Cupboard, and other campus partners come together during NHHAW to provide UT Dallas students with opportunities to learn about food insecurity, while also connecting them with resources that allow them to help give back.

2017 Event Schedule

Monday, November 13

Breads & Threads
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Meet at SSA Lobby
Help kick off NHHAW by volunteering at the Jewish Family Service of Dallas food pantry! Volunteers will organize and sort various food donations that will benefit local families in need of assistance.


Tuesday, November 14

Garden Harvest Party
9-10:30 a.m., UT Dallas Community Garden
Come out to the UT Dallas Community Garden for an insider tour before hopping into a marathon of harvesting organic produce that will be donated to the Network of Community Ministries food pantry, a program that helps food insecure families in Dallas County.


Thursday, November 16

Comfy Blankets for Kids
2-4 p.m., Galaxy Room C
Join the OSV and Tau Sigma National Honor Society as we craft cozy, no-sew fleece blankets for local homeless children supported by Dallas LIFE. We’ll bring the fleece, you bring the creativity and craftsmanship!


Friday, November 17

North Texas Food Bank
11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The North Texas Food Bank’s distribution center volunteer experience includes sorting and packing food for distribution to a network of more than 250 partner agencies. Volunteers are asked to participate in tasks ranging from sorting incoming donations and unsalable items, to an assembly line which produces boxes of food items for NTFB’s various programs.


If you attend any of the NHHAW events, be sure to use #NHHAW and #volunteerutd to tag your photos and experiences!

2017 Community Partners

Comet Cupboard
Dallas LIFE
Jewish Family Service of Dallas
Network of Community Ministries
North Texas Food Bank
Tau Sigma National Honor Society
UT Dallas Community Garden
UT Dallas Office of Sustainability