Published: November 02, 2007
For some, to hear a formerly homeless person talk about their
experiences living on the street is enough to put a face and voice to
the issues of hunger and homelessness in the community. For others it
may be the actual experience of living on the street for a night or
going without a meal that drives home the reality of these issues.
experiences are the purpose behind National Hunger and Homelessness
Week, which will take place Nov. 5-11 on the University of Tampa campus
with a series of advocacy events organized by the student group
P.E.A.C.E. (People Exploring Active Community Experiences).
want to make students realize that you could be one paycheck or one fire
away from being homeless,” said Carrie Collins, a student coordinator
for P.E.A.C.E. “Our main goal is to bring awareness to students at UT
about the current statistics for hunger in the world and homelessness in
the Tampa Bay area.”
Among the week’s events is The Faces of
Homelessness Panel, in which formerly homeless individuals from
Washington D.C. and Tampa Bay speak about their experiences on the
streets. The panel will take place in two sessions at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,
Monday, Nov. 5, in Reeves Theater in UT’s Vaughn Center.
Oxfam Hunger Banquet will also be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in
Plant Hall’s Music Room. The Banquet includes a simulation designed to
reflect real-life food disparities between the people of different
countries, bringing the hunger issue center stage.
the week, students will camp out on the lawn in front of the John Sykes
College of Business on Friday night as part of Sleep Out for the
Homeless. An event that traditionally has drawn a heavy turnout, the
Sleep Out allows students to experience a night on the streets as they
listen to local speakers and work to raise funds for the National
Coalition for the Homeless.
In addition to the three main
events, the P.E.A.C.E. volunteer center will be collecting “Harvest
Backpacks” throughout the month of November from students and
organizations. The backpacks contain assorted hygiene and nonperishable
food items, which will later be given to homeless individuals. The
organization will also be collecting canned goods to be included in
“Boxes of Hope,” holiday meals that will be distributed to low-income
families at Metropolitan Ministries.
Information packets about
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and how students and
organizations can participate are available in the P.E.A.C.E. volunteer
center, located in Vaughn Center Room 206.
For more information, contact the P.E.A.C.E. office at