Northern Illinois University students and faculty/staff groups are teaming up with community organizations to present a week of events in recognition of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW)! Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week.
The goal of HHAW is to educate NIU students about hunger and homelessness in our local,national, and global community while introducing them to the variety of ways they can help end hunger. During this week, hundreds of universities, colleges, high schools, and community and religious groups held Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week activities, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.
Last year, NIU focused on service projects and educational activities ranging from packing food for the hungry, both at the local and national level, to hosting a campus-wide food drive competition to see which group could gather the most food to donate to local pantries. The week also included a showing of The Pursuit of Happyness, and a teach-in hosted by NGOLD which spoke on hunger and homelessness in DeKalb.