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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2022

Supporting those in need this holiday season

The holidays are a time to celebrate, enjoy time with loved ones, and spread goodwill in the community. In this generous spirit, many of us will choose to donate time and resources to those in our communities who are in need of support, and Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual opportunity to do so.

In America, 580,000 individuals are homeless on a typical night, one in six children live in poverty, and 38.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households. Worldwide, these figures are more dire. Six children die every minute from a hunger-related disease, 828 million people live with hunger, and more than 700 million individuals live on less than two dollars per day.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 12-20) was created in response to figures like these almost 50 years ago. The first Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week was held at Villanova University in Pennsylvania in 1975. Since then, the cause has made progress and grown to include sponsorships and support from organizations at every level, from local to national. Every year, the week before Thanksgiving is filled with events across the country intended to raise awareness about poverty, hunger, and homelessness, educate communities about these issues, and increase support for these causes.

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and make a difference this holiday season. Here are some local events and organizations that offer ways to help.

Community Table 25x25 Food Drive

Community Table, a food pantry located in Arvada, is holding their second annual 25x25 food drive in connection with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Their goal is to collect 25,000 lbs of non-perishable food by December 25th and the event kicks off on Monday, November 14th. There will be collection points where anyone can drop off donations at these locations from November 14th to December 25th:

Community Table: 8555 West 57th Avenue

Apex Center: 13159 West 72nd Avenue

Arvada Center: 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard

King Soopers Candelas: 14967 Candelas Parkway

Wheat Ridge Recreation Center:  4005 Kipling Street

Wheat Ridge City Hall: 7500 West 29th Avenue

For more information, please visit Community Table’s website.