National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week at McDaniel

November 22, 2011

With obesity reaching epidemic proportions in the United States, it might come as a surprise that the No. 1 health risk worldwide is hunger. According to the United Nations, 925 million people do not have enough to eat, and more people die of hunger related causes than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

To bring awareness to this plight, members of McDaniel’s Advocacy Team and the Social Work Action Team (SWAT) sponsored by Jim Kunz, associate professor of Social Work, organized several events during National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 12-21.

Lindsey Rothrock of Macungie, Pa.; Caitlyn McSorley of Forest Hill, Md.; Maggie Fennelly of Gainsville, Fla.; Sarah Kernan of Westminster, Md.; and Marisa Hrbal of Erie, Pa., in front of City Hall in Baltimore during a Hunger Awareness Week event.

Events included:

- Students solicited food and monetary donations on Nov. 12 at the final football game of the season against Johns Hopkins, as well as at the Sunday Brunch on the Hill on Nov. 13, to benefit The Shepherd’s Staff.  

- Almost 30 students participated in an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet in Englar Dining Hall on Nov. 13. The cost to attend the banquet was either one meal from a student’s meal plan, which went towards food donations to Carroll County Food Sunday, or a $5 donation to benefit the global hunger crisis, specifically the famine in the Horn of Africa. Participants at the banquet drew slips of paper taking on new identities as members of either the lower, middle, or upper class. This determined what and how much food they were given to eat. According to junior Mara Seibert of Laurel, Md., “The goal of the Hunger Banquet was to let people experience for themselves the inequality in the world and how unjust hunger is.” 

- On Nov. 15, Pat Roop Hollinger of Heifer International gave a presentation on how the organization works to combat hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock, seeds, and training to families to improve their nutrition and earn family income. Hollinger’s grandfather was one of the founders of the organization in Carroll County, Md.

- Several McDaniel students attended a sleep-out on Nov. 19 in front of Baltimore’s City Hall with their peers from other Baltimore area schools, including Goucher, Morgan State and Loyola. The students were told by Baltimore City Police to end the event at 9 p.m. when their permit expired instead of staying out all night in solidarity with homeless people.

Below are links with information on how you can help:

The Shepherd’s Staff

Carroll County Food Sunday

Oxfam America

Heifer International