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GSU Promotes Engagement during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2016

Student Life is organizing a series of events from November 14 to 19 as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Week 2016. It is perfect timing to educate ourselves about national issues and give back as the season of gratitude nears.

The scarcity of food and affordable housing in the U.S are devastating problems worthy of attention. In 2015, 42.2 million Americans, out of which 13.1 million were children, lived in food insecure households. Moreover, on any given night, 564,708 people were homeless with 83,170 chronically homeless and 47,725 veterans.

Governors State University, as an educational institution, plays an important role in raising awareness as well as fighting hunger and homelessness.

“Our local communities are particularly sensitive to this topic given regional poverty levels,” said Dr. Aurelio Valente, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students. “Many of our students are susceptible to these issues, and it’s our responsibility to improve the lives of our communities There is no more basic way to do that than fight hunger and homelessness.”

Since the foundation of the Civic Engagement Center, GSU has been raising awareness and giving back during National Hunger and Homelessness Week. Here is what we have lined up for the GSU community this year:

Bands of Awareness

Students will receive armbands for raising awareness during the Hunger and Homelessness Week

November 14: Noon – 3 p.m.

Hall of Governors, Governors State University

Lunch for a Cause

Free lunch for students who donate a can of food

November 15: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Student Commons, Governors State University

Home Ownership Talk

Banking professionals from the community will hold a panel discussion

November 16: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Prairie Place, Governors State University

Game of Life

Students will showcase their budgeting skills with an interactive version of the board game

November 17: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Hall of Governors, Governors State University

University-Wide Service Day

Students will provide service at the Chicago Food Depository

November 18: 9 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W Ann Lurie Pl, Chicago, IL 60632

University-Wide Service Day

Students will provide service at Restoration Ministries

November 19: 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Restorations Food Ministries, 253 E 159th St, Harvey, IL 60426

If you have the time, please join us in the fight against hunger and homelessness.