College stages Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

By: Buff Lindau

Saint Michael's College is hosting Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 17 to 21 to make sure that local and global needs are shown to the community. The week includes the "shack" project, sponsored by Saint Michael's College Habitat for Humanity, where students sign-up to spend a few hours or overnight in a shack situated in the middle of the campus green to experience the feeling of having no place to go home. Other area colleges have adopted this Saint Michael's founded program to educate students about the reality of homelessness.

"More than 1,000 families are currently 'homeless' in VT while 1 in 8 (13 percent) VT households are food insecure. Join the effort, participate in programs, and get informed," stated the invitation to students to participate in the week of activities, which include the following:

  • Sunday, Nov. 17, 7 pm, Mass to remember those who experience hunger and homelessness. Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel.
  • Monday, Nov. 18, 5 pm, Cook n' Food, Serve dinner at Canal Street Veterans' Home
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 12 noon, Knitting Club – Knit hats and mittens for those in need. Library 246; 
  • 5 p.m. Baked Love's 24-Hour Fast begins (sign up at the information table in Alliot Student Center)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5 pm, Baked Love's Break-the-Fast Dinner, Eddie's Lounge, Alliot Student Center. Guest speakers from the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and COTS. 
  • 5:30–8 pm, Dismas House Phonathon (dinner included), Hall of Fame Room, Tarrant Center
  • 6 pm, Cause for Paws: Collect and bag pet food for the Food Shelf
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30–8 pm, Dismas House Phonathon (dinner included), Hall of Fame Room, Tarrant Center
  • 5:30 pm, Family Friends – Volunteer at COTS' Main Street Family Shelter
  • 8:30 pm Closing Vigil Outside the Shack

Other events throughout the week:

Informational Table in Alliot Student Center Lobby where students are invited to sign up for the 24-hour Fast, learn about hunger and homelessness in Vermont and the world, sign a letter to advocate for policy change. Hunger statistics are posted throughout campus, and canned food is being collected in the volunteer service office.

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