This week, Nov. 10-18, is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which draws attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness at colleges, high schools and communities nationwide. A group of students at EWU have banded together to host events highlighting the issues on campus.
The Eagle Volunteer Leadership team, comprised of five students, and the Office of Community Engagement’s AmeriCorps VISTA, Kayla Martinez, are aiming to remove the stigma around homelessness, as well as normalize the need for food.
“This week is important because it will bring attention to the problem of hunger and homelessness in a positive way,” said Martinez. “Since the week is nationwide, maybe it will start a bigger conversation.”
Events for the week include a pop-up food pantry with free bread; a care package and movie night where students will watch Hidden in Plain Sight about homelessness in Spokane while assembling care packages for CrossWalk Teen Shelter; and a clothing drive for Cup of Cool Water with a raffle to win a new TV.
“We’re focusing so much on youth to help remove the stigma,” Martinez said. “They’re our peers, and I want people to see them as our peers and not as charity.”
Cardboard Brigade | Monday, Nov. 13 | Noon-2 p.m.
Facts and statistics about homelessness will be hung around campus.
Pop-up Pantry and Games | Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | URC
Students are invited to play large-scale games with an educational twist. Free 300 loaves of bread will also be handed out.
Care Package and Movie Night | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7-10 p.m. | snyamncut
Hidden in Plain Sight, a movie about Spokane’s homelessness population, will be playing while participants will assemble care packages for CrossWalk Teen Shelter.
Swoop Zone Clothing Drive and Raffle | Saturday, Nov. 19 | Noon-2 p.m. | Roos Field
Bring an article of clothing to donate to Cup of Cool Water and receive a chance to win a new TV. Donations are being accepted all week in Showalter 115.