National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

It’s National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week! The Housing and Hunger Program, in collaboration with Rho Epsilon Pi, WesCFPA, IJL, WesFRESH, UOC, Oxfam and others, are hosting speakers, events and activities throughout the week. This includes a UOC community meeting, a Habitat for Humanity info session, a discussion with Rob Rosenthal, a WesFRESH speakers series, and a festival on Foss Hill.

Email Haley Baron ’12, hbaron@wes, for questions. And check out the schedule of events below after the jump!

Monday, Nov 7 – Nov 15

Donate points to Fast-a-thon!
Fast-a-thon invites students to donate the points/meals that they normally would have eaten that day to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Last year, we raised $14,000. Help us raise even more this time around! Donate at Usdan during lunch and dinner or online at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/fastathon.html
Tuesday, Nov 15, 5:45pm, Beckham Hall
Fast-a-thon Banquet
The Banquet is the final event of Fast-a-thon fundraising effort. Speakers include student group leaders and Amazing Grace Food Pantry’s Director. Haveli will be served.
Wednesday, Nov 16, 5-6:30pm, 200 Church St.
UOC Community Meeting
The University Organizing Center Committee invites you to our first Open Community Meeting. Most of all, we want to get to know each other and open up space for working together and removing barriers between activist groups on campus. Join us to meet, greet and eat Haveli!

Thursday, Nov 17, 12-1:30pm, Woodhead Lounge
Habitat for Humanity Info Session
Join Wesleyan’s Habitat for Humanity and Joyce Yarrow, the Executive Director of Middlesex HFH, to learn more about the organization and how to get involved. We will also discuss a potential Spring Break Habitat trip!

Thursday, Nov 17, 6:45-8:15pm, Shapiro Lounge (Allbritton 311)
Rob Rosenthal & Ron Krom on “Homelessness in a National & Local Perspective”
Ron Krom, Executive Director at St Vincent dePaul, and Rob Rosenthal, Provost and Andrus Professor of Sociology, will talk about the causes of, and solutions to, homelessness on a local and national level. Dinner will be served.

Friday, Nov. 18, noon-1:30pm, PAC002
Julia Pon, from Wholesome Wave, on “Food Security & Affordability in CT”
Julia Pon is the Connecticut Program Manager of Wholesome Wave, an organization that works to make local, organic food accessible to all individuals, regardless of income. Join us for lunch and a discussion about our current food system and it’s alternatives.

Saturday, Nov. 19, noon-3:30pm, Foss Hill (Rain location: Fayerweather, Theatre Room)
Apples-to-Apples Festival on Foss Hill!
Join various environmental and socially aware Wesleyan groups in a fun afternoon of crafts and activities. We’ll have everything from painting banners to t-shirt making to apples and cider.

Hope to see you there! Spread the word!