National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week - November 12-16, 2018

Hunger and Food Insecurity Facts

  • What is food insecurity? The state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food.
  • A nationwide study by NSCAHH and Student PIRGs in 2016 surveyed students at 34 colleges and found that 48% respondents reported being food insecure, including 22% with very low levels of food security that qualified them as hungry.
  • More than 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty.
  • 795 million people – or one in nine people in the world – do not have enough to eat. Of those, 60% are women.
  • Every 10 seconds, a child dies of a hunger-related disease worldwide.

Taking place the week before Thanksgiving, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week serves as a time to reflect on what we are grateful for and how we can come together to shed light on a pair of issues affecting millions of Americans today. The Office of Student Volunteerism, the Comet Cupboard, and other campus partners come together during NHHAW to provide UT Dallas students with opportunities to learn about food insecurity, while also connecting them with resources that allow them to help give back.

2018 Event Schedule

Monday, November 12 - Friday, November 16

Hunger Wall - Help Build a Wall Against Hunger
SU Lower Level
Help establish a #hungerfreeUTD by building the Hunger Wall with nonperishable food items in the lower level of the Student Union. Drop off your donations and sign the banner! Don't Let Hunger Hide at UT Dallas!

Monday, November 12

Food Pantry Immersion
11 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Meet at SSA Lobby
Kick off NHHAW by volunteering at the Jewish Family Service of Dallas food pantry! Volunteers will first help to unload food pantry supply trucks before completing assistance forms to simulate what JFS clients experience when visiting their facility.

We will meet at the Student Services Addition (SSA) lobby at 11 a.m. and then carpool to the agency. We will return to campus by 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 13

Harvest Party
1:30-3:00 p.m., Meet at SSA Lobby
Get an exclusive tour of the UT Dallas Community Garden before harvesting organically grown produce that will be donated to the Network of Community Ministries food pantry, a program that helps food insecure families in Dallas County.

Wednesday, November 14

Hunger Games 2018
1-3 p.m., The Plinth
Join student organizations and athletic teams for the Hunger Games field Day event. Learn more about hunger awareness, play fun games, and compete against your friends! This event is open to all students. Student Groups who wish to participate by running a game station (while earning service hours) apply here.

Comfy Blankets
3-4:30 p.m., Galaxy Rooms B & C
Bring joy to local homeless children by creating cozy, no-sew fleece blankets. OSV will provide the fleece and supplies needed to make the blankets (while supplies last).

Friday, November 16

Concluding Remarks by Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart
10-11 a.m., TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102)
To conclude National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Office of Undergraduate Education invites you to remarks by Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, President of Amarillo College (AC). Dr. Lowery-Hart will provide insights about the benefits recognized by his institution of removing non-academic barriers to student success. Specifically, the No Excuses approach implemented by AC addresses student food and housing insecurity through coordinated poverty initiatives that are leveraged by faculty and staff to improve student success. Dr. Lowery-Hart is a past recipient of the National Academic Leader of the Year Award from the National Council of Instructional Administrators. After serving on faculty and in a variety of academic leadership capacities at West Texas A&M University and Amarillo College, he became president of Amarillo College in 2014.


North Texas Food Bank
12-4:30 p.m., Meet at SSA Lobby
Close out UTD's observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week by venturing over to the North Texas Food Bank’s new Plano campus! Volunteers are asked to participate in tasks ranging from sorting incoming donations and unsalable items, to an assembly line, which produces boxes of food items for the North Texas Food Bank's various programs.


If you attend any of the NHHAW events, be sure to use #NHHAW and #volunteerutd to tag your photos and experiences!

2018 Community Partners

Comet Cupboard
Network of Community Ministries
North Texas Food Bank
UT Dallas Community Garden
UT Dallas Office of Sustainability