Hunger & Homelessness Week – November 18-22

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.

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.

#CarolinaCares Holiday Donation Drive
Weeklong, Campus Life Center

Help us make the holidays happen for families in need by stopping by the Campus Life Center. This drive is sponsored by Carolina Service Council.

#Impact Weekly Service Project – Transitions
Monday, November 18, departure from Campus Life Center at 11

Volunteers will prepare and serve lunch at Transitions to help End Midlands Homelessness. Those interested in serving must register on the Community Service Programs website prior to the project. Registration will open on November 11; limited spots are available.

#USCSHS donation drive
Monday, November 18, 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. | Russell House first floor lobby

USC’s own Supportive Housing Services will be available in the Russell House first floor lobby collecting everyday toiletries for recently housed individuals and families. They will be available to provide information on the ways students and volunteers can help those dealing with homelessness in the surrounding communities! This drive is hosted by USCSM Supportive Housing Services.

#Impact Weekly Service Project – Healthy Columbia
Tuesday, November 19, departure from Campus Life Center at 9:30

Volunteers will assist Healthy Columbia in the planning and implementation of health events in areas of Columbia that struggle with access to health care. Those interested in serving must register on the Community Service Programs website prior to the project. Registration will open on November 12; limited spots are available.

#LeadforaNeed: ending hunger and homelessness in Columbia
Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 P.M. | Graniteville Room, Thomas Cooper Library

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. This round-table discussion is hosted by Carolina Homelessness Outreach and No Kid Hungry.

#WinterShelter donation drive
Wednesday, November 20 – Friday, November 22, 11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. | Russell House 

Delta Epsilon Iota and Student United Way will be collecting paper goods (e.g. plates, plastic ware, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) and hygiene items for the City of Columbia Winter Shelter. Donated items will go toward clients of this 24-hour emergency shelter for the homeless. Donations can be dropped off in the first floor lobby of the Russell House on Wednesday and Friday, and the second floor lobby on Thursday.

#Impact Weekly Service Project – St. Andrew’s Kids Café
Wednesday, November 20, departure from Campus Life Center at 3:30

Volunteers will help with homework and other projects in this after-school program for children who are at risk for hunger. Those interested in serving must register on the Community Service Programs website prior to the project. Registration will open on November 13; limited spots are available.

#Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 P.M. | Capstone Campus Room

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 Carolina Service Council and Capstone Scholars.

#TheLineMovie
Thursday, November 21, 8:00 P.M. | 631 Harden Street

Poverty in America – it’s not what you think. The Line documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line. This movie screening and the #talkpoverty discussion after the movie is hosted by the Shandon College Ministry.

#Impact Weekly Service Project – Washington Street Soup Kitchen
Friday, November 22, departure from Campus Life Center at 9:30

Volunteers will prepare and serve lunch at the Washington Street Soup Kitchen. Those interested in serving must register on the Community Service Programs website prior to the project. Registration will open on November 15; limited spots are available.

#Impact Weekly Service Project – Lexington Interfaith Community Services
Friday, November 22, departure from Campus Life Center at 12:00

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 Community Service Programs website prior to the project. Registration will open on November 15; limited spots are available.

In addition to campus events, there will be many events hosted throughout the community. To view community events, please click here.