Students Observe Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 9 - 15


SCRANTON, PA-November 7, 2008

Students from Marywood University will observe Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on November 9-15. The week focuses on hunger, homelessness and other social justice issues is in conjunction with the IHM Founders' Week.

Events will take place throughout the week, including the Sleep Out for Homelessness on Thursday, November 13, 2008. Marywood students will have the opportunity to sleep outside, either on campus or in front of the Lackawanna County Courthouse, Scranton. The event will begin at 10 p.m. on Thursday and end at 6 a.m. on Friday, November 14. The night will include speakers from local community agencies, personal homelessness stories, group activities and a reflection to help raise awareness about homelessness in the community.

In addition, Campus Ministry which includes students, staff and faculty coordinated the following events:

  • St. Francis Kitchen- Students will prepare, serve and clean up meals throughout the week at St. Francis Kitchen, Scranton.
  • Hunger Walk- Fundraising and awareness walk throughout Marywood's campus. Educational information will be distributed related to poverty and hunger. Donations will be distributed to a community service agency.
  • Christmas Giving Trees- Trees are set up in various locations throughout campus including Regina Hall, Nazareth Student Center, William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Students and the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. Marywood's community will have the opportunity to purchase a Christmas gift for a local child, senior citizen or a homeless individual. Gifts will be donated to the United Neighborhood Centers, E.O.T.C.'s Toyland Project, Village Park
  • Bagged Lunches Project- Students will prepare bagged lunches of non-perishable and nutritious food for St. Francis Kitchen and the Community Intervention Center.
  • Ugly Quilts Project- Students will sew sleeping bags out of donated materials and provide them to local agencies that outreach to the homeless in the community. For more information, please visit. www.uglyquilts.org.
  • Hunger Banquet- Students will learn first hand about hunger issues that reflect the impact on the world.
  • Thanksgiving Adopt A Family Project- Students will provide Thanksgiving dinners for local families through the United Neighborhood Centers.
  • Meal Preparation for Local Shelters- Students will prepare, deliver and serve hot dinners at Bethel AM's Winter Shelter and St. Anthony's Haven Shelter.
  • 3-Minute Stops- Students will pause for prayerful reflections on poverty issues throughout certain times in the week.

For more information on any of these events or how to participate, please contact Campus Ministry at

(570) 961-4723.