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Students Raise Awareness of Hunger and Homelessness

November 15, 2016

Michelle Adams O'Regan
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Hunger and Homelessness awareness event From November 14 to 18, the Saint Anselm College community, led by the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, will participate in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Events intended to engage and teach community members about social issues related to homelessness and world hunger will be held each day.

"The annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a student-led effort that seeks to not only raise awareness about these important social issues in our country, but to foster a desire for ongoing dialogue and community action around these issues," says Assistant Director of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement Nicole Lora '06. "Community engagement is more than service; it is a call to be an active community member and citizen. This week provides information and education to students about getting involved in a variety of ways and as a member of a larger community." 

The Week kicked off on Monday at New Horizons for New Hampshire, Inc., a social service center in Manchester with a soup kitchen, food pantry, and shelter, where students served dinner to the homeless.

To address hunger at an international level, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Oxfam Hunger Banquet at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. Oxfam America is a global organization fighting poverty, hunger, and injustice in the world. The Multicultural Center, Office of Campus Ministry, and the International Relations Club partnered with the Meelia Center to host the interactive dinner.

Oxfam America says the banquet "is a powerful tool that brings to life the inequalities in our world and challenges us-as the more economically fortunate-to realize how our decisions affect others in the world."

On Thursday, three events are planned, culminating with the annual Sleep Out on the college Quad where students spend the night in an effort to spread awareness by sleeping in makeshift shelters on the Quad.

Additionally, a discussion panel, "Faces of Homelessness," featuring people who have first-hand experience with or witness of homelessness will be held in the Living Learning Commons at 7:30 p.m., and a Food Recovery Training will be held in Campus Ministry, continuing an established effort to salvage food from Davison Hall to feed local people in need. Miranda Groux '17, explains: "We hope to begin at Saint Anselm by building a team of community members who can help recovery leftover food from Davison's special events, and deliver this food to local shelters and pantries in the area. Our long-term goal is to make the recoveries a weekly, or even daily, occurrence."

Finally, on Friday at 5 p.m. through "Feed a Friend," students can purchase dinner in Davison Hall for a local child and eat with him or her.

Throughout the week, there will be an ongoing drive to provide basic living necessities for those struggling with hunger and homelessness. Donations may include hair elastics or brushes, shampoo or conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes or tooth paste, feminine hygiene products, canned goods, non-perishables, and razors. They can be dropped off at the Meelia Center at 72 Saint Anselm Drive, or Campus Ministry located in the Lower Church.

Contact Erin Clapp '17 with questions or to sign-up for an event.

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Story by Margaret Lynch '17

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