National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Today is the first day of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 16- 24, 2013).

“As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, people take time to consider what they’re thankful for and donate some of their time, attention and resources to those less fortunate. In the spirit of thankfulness and giving, each year the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness set aside the week prior to Thanksgiving to sponsor the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
One in six American families live below their respective poverty thresholds. Three out of four states saw an increase in both the number and percentage of people living in poverty. Fifty million Americans live in food insecure households, including more than seventy million children who go to bed hungry nightly. Three and a half Americans will experience homelessness this year. One hundred and seven thousand are United States military veterans.
This year, NCH recognizes its 30th Anniversary, marking a long and difficult road toward ending homelessness, but prompting even more substantial initiatives to address the root causes of homelessness.”

For a wealth of info and how you can help make others in your community aware of all the complicated aspects of this ever-growing problem, check out this link:

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/projects/awareness/2013AwarenessWeekManual.pdf

 

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