LocalGlobal organizes hunger and homelessness awareness week

LocalGlobal, a student organization at Hastings College geared toward raising awareness about hunger and homelessness at the local, national and global levels, is hosting a series activities beginning Friday, November 9 for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

“Held in November, before Thanksgiving, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a nationwide campaign on campuses to remind us to give what we can and to be thankful for what we have,” said Dr. Jean Heriot, director of Service Learning and faculty sponsor of LocalGlobal.

The schedule includes a meal-packing event in conjunction with Hearts & Hands Against Hunger of Hastings (HHAH), a sandwich-making and sack lunch-packing event to benefit Open Table in Hastings and a “Family Feud” style trivia night.

Activities begin Friday, November 9 with the HHAH meal-packing event. The meals will be distributed to communities impacted by the recent hurricanes. This year LocalGlobal’s goal is to pack 100,000 meals.

“These events are very important to not only raise awareness of hunger and homelessness on a local, national and global level, but they allow us to make a difference as well,” said Mandy Amberg, chair of Local Global and a senior biology major from Lincoln, Nebraska. “Coming together a s a campus and community to help those in need is a very impactful and rewarding experience.”

Activities conclude with the Open Table sack lunch-packing event on Wednesday, November 14. Sack lunches will be distributed to community members through no questions asked the Open Table Sack Lunch Program. The event builds off another long-time partnership between the college and the local community organization.

Community members are invited to join Hastings College students, staff and faculty members for all the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week events. The full schedule of events can be found below.

Events are supported by the Hastings College Student Association, Hearts & Hands Against Hunger of Hastings and the Open Table.

Event Schedule

Friday, November 9

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (or when done) — Meal packing with Hearts & Hands Against Hunger of Hastings in Hazelrigg Student Union, Rooms A, B and C.

Monday, November 12

7:00 p.m. — Student hosted “Family Feud” with questions about Hunger and Homelessness in Hazelrigg Student Union, Room C.

Tuesday, November 13

5:00-8:00 p.m. — Sandwich making for the Open Table Program in Hazelrigg Student Union, Room C.

Wednesday, November 14

10:00-11:00 a.m. —  Chapel service in French Memorial Chapel

11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.— Sack Lunch Packing for the Open Table Program in Hazelrigg Student Union Lobby

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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