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 and check out our lineup of programs below.

2019 Event Schedule

Monday, November 18 - Friday, November 22

Stand Against Hunger Photo Booth

SU Lower Level

Stop by the Stand Against Hunger photo booth in the SU any time during NHHAW and support #hungerfreeUTD!

Monday, November 18

Comfy Blankets

10 a.m.-12 p.m., SU Galaxy Rooms A & B

Kick off NHHAW by creating cozy, no-sew fleece blankets for the local homeless population at Family Gateway shelter. OSV will provide the fleece and supplies needed to make the blankets (while supplies last). Registration is required for this event.

Tuesday, November 19

Harvest Party

3:30-5 p.m., UTD Community Garden

Get an exclusive tour of the UT Dallas Community Garden before harvesting organically grown produce that will be donated to the Jewish Family Service food pantry, a program that helps food insecure families in Dallas County.

Registration is required for this event. We will meet in the Student Services Addition (SSA) lobby at 3:30 p.m. and walk to the Community Garden together.

Wednesday, November 20

Food Pantry Immersion

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join the OSV for an educational, engaging experience at Jewish Family Service’s food pantry. Volunteers will stock food pantry donations and assist patrons in the pantry, and then learn more about the client experience through interactive activities.

Registration is required for this event. We will meet in the Student Services Addition (SSA) lobby at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to the agency. We will return to campus at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 21

Hunger Games

11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Plinth

Join student organizations and athletic teams for the Hunger Games field day event. Learn more about hunger awareness, play fun games, and compete against your friends! This event is open to all students. Entrance fee is 3 donation items or $3.

Friday, November 22

Feed My Starving Children Meal-Packing

1:30-5 p.m.

Close out UTD’s observance of NHHAW by joining a group of volunteers at Feed My Starving Children’s meal packing facility in Richardson! Volunteers will work together to package meals for children in developing nations.

Registration is required for this event. We will meet in the Student Services Addition (SSA) lobby at 1:30 p.m. and take a charter bus to the agency. We will return to campus at 5 p.m.

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

2019 Campus and Community Partners