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

MaryPIRG Benefit Concert | Liz Pandya

Do you like to Rock? MaryPIRG is hosting the Rock Out Hunger Benefit Concert this Tuesday at 7pm at Hoff Theater to raise money for the National Coalition for the Homeless. Tickets are $5 at the door so come by for a rockin' show! Check out the facebook event here:

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Blog Post | Hunger

Resolve to Fight Poverty | Shun Feng

This last weekend, over 100 students from across the country came to UMD to learn about poverty at the local, national, and international level. A big thanks to Oxfam and the National Coalition for the homeless for putting on some awesome events. Oxfam's hunger banquet is a physical representation of the food disparity our world experiences. Many students felt the pain of global citizens living in poverty eating rice and beans on the floor while 10% of the participants enjoyed a nice meal and the dinner table complete with grape juice.

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MaryPIRG Collects Cans for the Canpaign | Sam Zwerling

MaryPIRG students in conjunction with Canpaign are holding canned food drives this Wednesday and Thursday in front of the South Campus Commons Shop to aid the victims of the famine in Somalia. Stop by anytime between 10am and 2pm, buy a can or toiletry item and make an impact!

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Media Hit | Hunger

Food Recovery Network

A coalition of students from campus groups like MaryPIRG, APO, and The LOVE Movement formed the Food Recovery Network to donate food to needy charities in DC. 

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