Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness

Resolve to Fight Poverty

No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people.

In the U.S.: Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. In 2014, almost 46.7 million Americans were living below the poverty level, and on a typical night, more than 578,000 Americans were homeless.

On Campus: Poverty isn’t exclusive to any one community. Even college campuses are not immune. Our latest research suggests that one in five students may currently experience hunger.

Worldwide: At the global level, the problem is even more serious. While there has been slow but steady progress over the past thirty years, there are still 795 million people – or one in nine people in the world – who do not have enough to eat. 896 million people in developing countries live on $1.90 a day or less.

We have the resources and knowledge to eliminate hunger and homelessness in our time, but it remains to be seen whether we have the political will to do so. Fortunately, on campuses across the country, there are students like us who are dedicated to making their communities a better place, and improving the lives and well-being of those around them. Our Hunger Campaign takes this passion and dedication and harnesses it through a combination of direct service, fundraising events, and political advocacy.

As students, we have the ideas, solutions and resources to make change – and by joining together, we can end hunger and homelessness.

Issue updates

Report | Maryland PIRG Students | Higher Ed, Hunger

Hunger on Campus

Food insecurity – the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food – is common at colleges and universities across the country, potentially undermining the educational success of untold thousands of students.

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News Release | Student PIRGs | Higher Ed, Hunger

New Study: Hunger May Threaten Nearly Half of All College Students

Earlier today, a group of campus-based organizations released results from the nation’s most comprehensive survey to date on food insecurity on college campuses.

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Blog Post | Hunger

April on the Hunger and Homelessness Campaign | Brian Compere

Hunger and Homelessness Update Extravaganza!

“Each year, 3.5 million people experience homelessness,” MaryPIRG Chapter Chair David Bransfield said in an email. “There are 770,000 homeless children enrolled in public education schools. Poverty is a real problem facing real people and we want your help to make a difference.”

The Hunger and Homelessness Campaign is gearing up to put as much of a dent in this national issue as it can during the single most important day of the campaign: the National Hunger Clean Up.

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Blog Post | Hunger

Hunger and Homelessness Revs Up for Day of Service | Brian Compere

The Hunger and Homelessness campaign held a food and clothing drive last Wednesday in preparation for the National Day of Service on April 14, when volunteers will mobilize to Washington D.C. and give items raised by drives like this one to homeless individuals directly.

Campaign coordinator Shun Feng said that the drive raised “a good collection of non-perishable foods and a few clothing items.” He said the drive has been mostly hands-off, allowing volunteers to come up with their own ways to collect food and clothing, such as asking students in their dorms.

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