Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness

Resolve to Fight Poverty

No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people.

In the U.S.: Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. In 2014, almost 46.7 million Americans were living below the poverty level, and on a typical night, more than 578,000 Americans were homeless.

On Campus: Poverty isn’t exclusive to any one community. Even college campuses are not immune. Our latest research suggests that one in five students may currently experience hunger.

Worldwide: At the global level, the problem is even more serious. While there has been slow but steady progress over the past thirty years, there are still 795 million people – or one in nine people in the world – who do not have enough to eat. 896 million people in developing countries live on $1.90 a day or less.

We have the resources and knowledge to eliminate hunger and homelessness in our time, but it remains to be seen whether we have the political will to do so. Fortunately, on campuses across the country, there are students like us who are dedicated to making their communities a better place, and improving the lives and well-being of those around them. Our Hunger Campaign takes this passion and dedication and harnesses it through a combination of direct service, fundraising events, and political advocacy.

As students, we have the ideas, solutions and resources to make change – and by joining together, we can end hunger and homelessness.

Issue updates

Blog Post | Hunger

Volunteers Bring Fun to Low Income Community | Brian Compere

Hunger and Homelessness helps bring fun to low income community.

Six volunteers for the Hunger and Homelessness campaign participated in a service event this past weekend that brought clothes, toys and other items to certain families for highly discounted prices. The families, who had to have multiple children and meet certain financial prerequisites, bought donated items such as toddler clothes and toys for prices as low as $1 to $2.

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Blog Post | Hunger

"Die In" For Hunger | Shun Feng

When people get too hungry, they collapse.

When people want to remind other people about this unfortunate reality, they collapse too.

Over 50 people played dead in Hornbake Plaza at 12:20 Thursday in order to raise awareness of global poverty issues. Among these demonstrators was a sign reading “10 million children die every year from hunger. Fight Hunger Today! Join MaryPIRG.”

According to the World Food Programme, global hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

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Resource | Hunger

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Toolkit

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Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize a Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week on your campus.

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Resource | Hunger

Hunger and Homelessness Project Packet

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Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the Hunger campaign on your campus.

 

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Media Hit | Hunger

MaryPIRG Benefit Concert

MaryPIRG hosts a benefit concert to raise money for the National Coalition for the Homeless. 

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