National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

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.

Want to know more about National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week? Learn about the impact UT Dallas made by viewing or downloading the NHHAW 2018 Service Summary.

2018 Campus and Community Partners

Amarillo College
Comet Cupboard
Family Gateway
Jewish Family Service - Dallas
Network of Community Ministries
North Texas Food Bank
UT Dallas Arts & Humanities
UT Dallas Community Garden
UT Dallas Office of Sustainability
UT Dallas Office of Undergraduate Education