Gannon University Raises Awareness Of Hunger and Homelessness Week

Posted: November 13, 2015

Gannon University's Center for Social Concerns and OPEN, a student-led advocacy, awareness and education group, will sponsor the campus' annual observance of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. November 15 - 21.

Events are scheduled throughout the week at Gannon University to promote education, action and awareness about hunger and homelessness. These events include:

Sunday, Nov. 15

Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel

A special offertory collection was taken at both regularly scheduled Sunday masses to support two community initiatives: a Gannon-sponsored dinner at First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and Catholic Charities efforts to support new Americans.

Monday, Nov. 16

Yehl Room, Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. 5 - 7 p.m.

Soup with Substance, the traditional simple soup supper that will be served in solidarity with those who are hungry, will also include a "fishbowl-style" diversity dialogue focusing on youth homelessness in Erie. Participants in the fishbowl will include representatives from the Upper Room, the Erie School District, Gannon Campus Ministry and undergraduate enrollment.

Thursday, Nov. 19 - Friday, Nov. 20

Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Student and faculty/staff groups will be sponsoring local refugee families and preparing culturally-relevant food baskets for them for the Thanksgiving season. The baskets will be decorated and displayed in Waldron. Vote for your favorite by dropping your donation in the can next to your favorite basket. All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement ministries.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Yehl Room, Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. 11 a.m.

Groups that sponsored baskets will be meeting in the Yehl Room to begin delivering them to recipients.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a nationwide endeavor by the National Coalition for the Homeless. For more information about activities at Gannon University, contact the Center for Social Concerns at 814- 871-7433.