Hunger Awareness Week — A Success
St. Edward's University Community Provides Food for Families
For more than 20 years, St. Edward's University has helped feed 20 different families annually over the Thanksgiving holiday. The meals are made possible through the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and the generous donations of the campus community. The food drive was one of many events held during Hunger Awareness Week, Nov. 13–17.
"Hunger Awareness Week is one of the many examples of the university's commitment to service," said Lou Serna, assistant director of Campus Ministry. "Our caring community is evident by the gifts of time and food given during the week."
The cooperation and collaboration between the faith community of Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel and St. Edward's University students, staff and faculty members made the annual food drive a success.
The St. Edward's University Women's Softball team pitched in to help with the food drive by dropping off and picking up donation boxes full of canned goods and delivering them to the chapel for distribution. This year, the university will donate the remaining food from the food drive to the new Catholic Charities Food Pantry.
The Scarborough-Phillips Library also got involved with Hunger Awareness Week by offering a Library Fine Amnesty Program. Students who donated two canned food items had their library fines forgiven.
The Hunger Banquet, held during Hunger Awareness Week, gave the university community first-hand experience with how people who go hungry feel and the division between the classes. Attendees were placed in upper, middle or lower class. The "upper class" experienced fine dining while "low class" participants ate on the floor.
Members of the campus community also participated in a 24-hour Fast for Holy Cross Solidarity, Capital Area Food Bank Service Project and Help End Hunger lecture and discussion during Hunger Awareness Week.
"Hunger Week exemplifies the university's commitment to confront and explore critical issues of society," Serna said. "For those of us who are able to assist our neighbor in need, it is imperative that we do so. It is our responsibility to give back to the community, and this is just one small way that we try to do that."