National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Events, Nov. 16-24

Posted by on November 19, 2019

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week began Saturday, November 16 and runs through next week—just before Thanksgiving.

In Philadelphia, one in five people goes to bed hungry or faces food insecurity. We’ve made progress—including increased supportive housing and services—but our resources are limited. That’s why we mark National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and ask residents to pitch in.

Here’s what you can do to help Philadelphians experiencing hunger and homelessness:


2019 Empty Bowl Dinner
Wednesday, November 20 | 4 – 10 p.m.
United Lutheran Seminary, Brossman Center, Benbow Hall, 7301 Germantown Ave.

You can attend or volunteer for Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network’s signature event. The dinner supports support services, affordable housing, and educational opportunities for youth. Guests enjoy family-friendly activities, live entertainment, a delicious meal, and a bowl to take home! Buy tickets to the event, or sign up to volunteer.

Community Action Poverty Simulation
Thursday, November 21 | 8:30 a.m. – noon
Trinity Memorial Church, 2212 Spruce St.

Walk a mile in the shoes of those experiencing poverty. Participants will gain insight into the lives of a typical low-income family who’s trying to survive from month to month. Register.

Authentic Youth Inclusion in Policy & Practice: Homelessness in Philadelphia
Friday, November 22 | 4 – 7 p.m.
The Hive @ Spring Point, The Graham Building, 30 S. 15th St., 4th Floor

Join the Young Adult Leadership Committee, local advocates, and homeless service professionals to discuss youth-inclusive strategies and practices to help prevent, serve, and respond to homeless youth. Reserve your seat.

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive
Now through Sunday, November 22
First Philadelphia Preparatory School, 4300 Tacony St.

Bring your canned goods as a donation to the school’s Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, which supports Project HOME.

Shine Program Breakfast Service
Sunday, November 24 | 7 – 10 a.m.
Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St.

Volunteer to serve hot breakfast meals to 100 neighbors experiencing homelessness and hunger. The Shine Program also gives people access to showers, toiletries, and take-home meals.

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