Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 16-23, 2019

The calendar below contains events/programs affiliated with HHAW with some additional information.

Winter Coat and Clothing Drive

Did you know that Kent State collected and donated nearly 550 pounds of winter coat and clothes (about 200 coats) during last year's Winter Coat and Clothing Drive? Let's collect even more this year!

From Sunday, November 17th through Friday, December 13th, Community Engaged Learning, the Office of Sustainability, and the Women's Center are collaborating to collect clean, gently used or new items: coats for all ages and other warm clothing including hats, gloves, scarves, and sweaters. All donations will go to the Winter Warm Up Station at the Women's Center & Phyllis Zumkehr Portage County Clothing Center, which provides items to families and individuals in need, free of charge. 

Donation boxes will be located across campus in the following locations:

  • Library
  • Student Center
  • Student Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Center for Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement
  • Center for Undergraduate Excellence
  • Heer Hall
  • Rockwell Hall
  • Schwartz Center (CEL, Rm. 261)
  • Williamson House

Department/Organization Hosting Event: CEL, Office of Sustainability, & the Women's Center

Contact Name: Leah Graham

Contact Email: lgraha13@kent.edu

Flashperks: No


LGBTQ+ Center Food Drive: Donate with Pride

Monday, November 18th through Friday, November 22nd

LGBTQ+ Center/Kent Student Center, Rm. 024

Department/Organization Hosting Event: LGBTQ+ Center

Contact Name: Katie Mattise

Contact Email: kmattise@kent.edu

Flashperks: No


Hillel Canned Food Drive

Monday, November 18th through Friday, November 22nd

Hillel, 613 E. Summit St., Kent, OH 

Department/Organization Hosting Event: Hillel

Contact Name: Alex Cala

Contact Email: acala1@kent.edu

Flashperks: No


USG Food Drive

Monday, November 18th through Friday, November 22nd

USG Office (1st Floor, Kent Student Center)

Department/Organization Hosting Event: Undergraduate Student Government

Contact Name: Diamond Daniel

Contact Email: ddanie18@kent.edu

Flashperks: No

Other Incentives: Chance to win David Dobrik tickets, 1 of 5 Beats Pill+ Speakers, and 1 of 2 TVs.

Kentway Cafe Cooking Shift

Tuesday, November 19th, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Join us as we prepare a hot community meal for residents of Kentway Apartments! Kentway is a subsidized housing unit that serves individuals 55 years and older. Help us prepare dinner in the Beall Hall kitchen for the meal that evening, and then travel along to Kentway to eat dinner and get to know Kentway residents. Register here

Cooking Requirements:

  • Please wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Sleeveless tops are not permitted.

Location: Campus Kitchen, 2nd Floor, Beall Hall

Campus Kitchen Parking Details: You may park behind Beall/McDowell Hall on the loading dock side, besides the basketball courts (enter through loading dock door that says Campus Kitchen). The kitchen manager will be able to provide you with a volunteer parking pass.

Department/Organization Hosting Event: Campus Kitchen

Contact Email: campuskitchen@kent.edu

Flashperks: No


Kentway Cafe Community Dinner

Tuesday, November 19th, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Join us as we enjoy a community meal with residents of Kentway Apartments.  Kentway is a subsidized housing unit that serves individuals 55 years and older. Besides helping set-up and sharing a meal, we invite you to stay to play cards, shoot pool, listen to music, and enjoy other activities with the residents. Register here.

Location: Kentway Apartments, 360 E. Summit St., Kent, OH 44240

Kentway Parking Details: There is free parking in the Kentway Apartments parking lot. Look for the main entrance on the side of the high-rise apartment building. You'll see a Kentway Cafe sign.

Department/Organization Hosting Event: Campus Kitchen

Contact Email: campiuskitchen@kent.edu

Flashperks: No

 

information coming soon

Ready Set Grow

Thursday, November 21st, 12:00 noon

Come explore this information table about the activities of the new "Ready Set Grow" coalition, which include reducing food waste, donating to food banks, and supporting the Miller House community shelter.

Location: 2nd Floor, Kent Student Center

Department/Organization Hosting Event: Ready Set Grow Coalition

Contact Name: Cindy Widuck

Contact Email: cwiduck@kent.edu

Flashperks: Yes


Documentary and Panel Discussion: "Hunger in America"

Thursday, November 21st, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Join for a special documentary screening followed by a discussion on the topic of hunger and its impact on the Kent State community. 

Location: Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) KeyBank Student Success Lounge

Department/Organization Hosting Event: CEL

Contact Name: Sekhar Mamidi

Contact Email: smamidi2@kent.edu

Flashperks: Yes


Hunger and Homelessness Awareness with Active Minds @ KSU & Campus Kitchen

Thursday, November 21st, 6:00 p.m.

TBD 

Department/Organization Hosting Event: Active Minds @ KSU & Campus Kitchen

More information coming soon!

Can Sculpture Competition

Friday, November 22nd, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join the 2019 version of the annual Can Sculpture Competition with the theme of "Super Heroes vs. Villains!"

During the competition, teams/organizations/offices have time to design and build a structure made of non-perishable food items they have collected (cans, boxes, toiletries, pet supplies, etc) that best matches the theme. The structures are then judged, and the winning team receives a trophy. All items are then donated to the food pantries in the Campus Kitchen and the Women's Center. In fact, the Can Sculpture Competition provides a large percentage of the total food pantry items collected each year, so be sure to participate and directly support your community!

Register your group to participate here, or stop by on Friday the 22nd to see some impressive sculptures!

Location: Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) KeyBank Student Success Lounge

Department/Organization Hosting Event: CEL

Contact Name: Kristen Harris

Contact Email: kharri63@kent.edu

Flashperks: No

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Day of Service

Join Community Engaged Learning for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Day of Service. Learn about local responses to hunger and homelessness and support organizations doing meaningful work in our community. Transportation is provided and a Service Leader will accompany each group. Participants will meet in the lower level of the student center at 8:30 a.m. outside of The Patio/the former Quaker Steak and Lube. Please read your site's description carefully and follow the dress code and other instructions. Please bring your Kent State Student ID with you. If you have any questions please email us at volunteer@kent.edu.

Time: 8:30AM-1:00PM

Location: Meet in the Lower Level of the Student Center

Department/Organization Hosting Event: CEL

Contact Name: Abigail Noble

Contact Email: anoble8@kent.edu

Flashperks: Yes