National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 16-24, 2019
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.
Did you know?
In the United States
Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor.
43.1 million – Americans live below the poverty level
549,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night
42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger
1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty
While there has been slow but steady progress over the past thirty years, there are still a tremendous number of people around the world who live in extreme poverty.
795 million people do not have enough to eat
767 million people live on $1.90 a day or less
6 children die each minute of a hunger-related disease
65.3 million refugees have been driven out of their homes
What You Can Do
As a society, we have the resources and knowledge to end hunger and homelessnesss — we just need the collective will to make these ideas a reality.
Wednesday, November 13
The Hidden Homeless in Austin: Children & Families
Join the LBJ Future Forum as we learn about the solutions for families and children who are homeless in our community, what’s still needed, and what we can do as a community to help. Doors open at 6 p.m., the conversation is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and a reception will follow. Free parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitors’ lot located at 2313 Red River Street. This program is sponsored by the Downtown Austin Alliance.
Sunday, November 17
26th Annual Homeless Memorial Sunrise Service
Caritas of Austin will be hosting the Annual Homeless Memorial Service to recognize the women, men and children whom have lived and died in Austin while homeless and living in poverty. Service will start at sunrise (around 6:58 a.m.), naming of all whom have passed this year (2019). Service will be at the following address: Homeless Memorial, 9307 Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.