By Sean Grim ’14
The Lafayette community will join ranks to fight poverty during the College’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 12-22.
Activities will include making and delivering sandwiches to the hungry in Philadelphia, crafting scarves for Easton’s homeless, answering trivia questions on www.FreeRice.com to earn rice for hungry people in Third World countries, and a “hunger banquet,” with meals typical of those available in impoverished areas.
“Homelessness is something that a lot of people think of as a simple, deserved problem when in reality it’s the result of dozens of issues generally far out of the individual’s control,” says organizer Julia Ben-Asher ’14 (Maplewood, N.J.), a psychology major. “This year’s awareness week is all about showing these root causes in ways that everyone can relate to. It’s so important to do this because so many of the world’s problems can be attributed to some extent to hunger or homelessness, and the first step to solving these problems is understanding them.”
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Schedule
- Nov. 11, 12, and 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m.—Scarf-making Nights, Farinon Center
- Nov. 16, 2 p.m.—Midnight Run prep, Marquis Hall Dining Room
- Nov. 17, 1 p.m. -6 p.m.—Midnight Run to Philadelphia, meet in Farinon Center room 105
- Nov. 17, 7 p.m.—Documentary: Street Vets, Limburg Theater
- Nov. 18, Noon—Brown Bag: Stories from Safe Harbor shelter, Interfaith Chapel
- Nov. 18, 4 p.m.—Technology Clinic’s work in Easton’s West Ward, Oechsle Hall room 224
- Nov. 18, 7 p.m.—Documentary: A Place at the Table, Oechsle Hall room 224
- Nov. 19, 12:15 p.m.—Poverty in the U.S. by Rebecca Kissane, associate professor of anthropology and sociology, Oechsle Hall room 224
- Nov. 19, 7 p.m.—Documentary: The Graduates, Cosmic Cup café, 520 March Street
- Nov. 20, Noon—Brown Bag: Teen Homelessness and Sexual Orientation, Hogg Hall Interfaith Chapel
- Nov. 20, 5 p.m.—Hunger Banquet, Bergethon Room, Marquis Hall
- Nov. 21, 12:15 p.m.—Brown Bag: Author Tina Kelley discusses homelessness and children, Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall
- Nov. 21, 6 p.m.—Documentary: One Night Without a Home, The Quad
- Nov. 22, Noon—Brown Bag: Female Inmates, Pardee Hall room 102B
The week is organized by the Landis Community Outreach Center.