Hunger & Homelessness Week – November 15-23

National Hunger and Homelessness Week is a week devoted to raising awareness of the issues of hunger and homelessness. Organizations and individuals on the Hunger & Homelessness Week Student Planning Committee will be hosting a week of awareness panels, donation drives, and service projects in hopes to impact hunger and homelessness on campus and in Columbia.

Monday, Nov. 10th

Kickoff Event: Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Join us for an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet and see hunger in a whole new way. Just as in real life some of us are born into prosperity and others into poverty, your meal is determined by the luck of the draw. Life isn’t fair and neither is this. This event is hosted by the Carolina Service Council.
7:30 p.m., Russell House Ballroom

Saturday Nov. 15th

Service Saturday
Join us at our last Service Saturday of the semester! Limited spots are available, so click here to sign up.
8:30 a.m., Davis Field

Sunday Nov. 16th

Featured Event: Nationwide Screening of Storied Streets
We are excited to join the National Coalition for the Homeless as one of several schools and organizations throughout the country to host Storied Streets, a powerful documentary about the struggles that people who experience homelessness commonly face.

7:30 p.m.: SCREENING
8:30 p.m.: LIVE-STREAM Q&A WITH PRODUCERS SUSAN SARANDON AND THOMAS MORGAN
Location: Darla Moore School of Business, Room 136

Monday Nov. 17th

Impact Trip: Lexington Interfaith Community Services
Volunteers will sort and stock donations for a thrift store whose proceeds serve those impacted by poverty in the Lexington area. Those interested in serving must register on the Impact Weekly webpage prior to the project. Registration will open on November 11; limited spots are available.

No Kid Hungry’s Percent Night
Enjoy a delicious dinner and help No Kid Hungry raise funds for the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter!
5–9 p.m., Salsarita’s

Tuesday Nov. 18th

Presbyterian Student Association: Heyward E. McDonald Lecture Series on Peace and Justice
Our speaker is Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. Our events built around this speaker include:
5–6 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion, Law School Room 138
The roundtable discussion allows students, faculty, and staff to ask questions to the speaker in a small group discussion atmosphere about homelessness, poverty, and the National Law Center’s role in addressing these issues.
6:30–7:30 p.m.: Dinner, Law School Lobby
RSVP Required. $15 for faculty, staff and community members, and free for students. Reservations are required for all and can be sent to intern@shandonpres.org. Free dinner for students is contingent upon attendance of either the roundtable discussion before dinner or the lecture following dinner.
7:30–9 p.m. Lecture, Law School Auditorium
Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, will deliver the 2014 Heyward E. McDonald Lecture: “Homelessness: A Human Rights Issue”.

Wednesday Nov. 19th

No Kid Hungry: Hunger and Homelessness Panel and Roundtable Discussion
The issues of hunger and homelessness are affecting more people in Columbia than ever before. Join community leaders, service providers, and members of the Carolina community in discussing what must be done to combat poverty in South Carolina.
7 p.m., Calcott 201

Ongoing

Gamecock Pantry
We are requesting a donation of a canned good from each person attending our events. The canned goods will be used as emergency food aid for USC students through the Gamecock Pantry.

Carolina Cares
Because we believe that the holidays should be a happy time for all, Carolina Service Council and The Leadership and Service Center sponsor Carolina Cares, an annual holiday donation drive. Through Carolina Cares, we make the holidays happen for families in need. Click here to find out more about Holiday Mail for Heroes, the Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive, and the Salvation Army Stocking Stuffer Drive.

Student United Way Cold Season Supply Drive for the Columbia Family Shelter
Starting with our documentary screening on November 16th, all the way through Friday November 21st, Student United Way will be collecting donations for the Columbia Family Shelter at each of our #HandHWeek events. In addition, on Thursday November 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. they will be having a Krispy Kreme fundraiser to buy even more supplies for the family shelter.

Here are the supplies needed for the Columbia Family Shelter that we will be collecting:
• Hand Sanitizer
• Lysol Disinfectant Spray
• Lysol Disinfectant Wipes
• Adult Cold Medicine
• Children’s Cold Medicine
• Multi-surface Cleaning Sprays
• Air Fresheners
• Hand Soap
• Body wash
• Shampoo
• Conditioner
• Toothbrush
• Toothpaste
• Bath Towels
• Full and Twin sheets
• Pillows
**** All items MUST be new.