University of Akron meal packingAt the University of Akron, the Department of Student Life’s serveAkron program organizes Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The anchor of their Awareness Week last year was a week-long food drive for their regional food bank. In addition, they offered a busy schedule of educational events and service projects including a movie screening, service trips to the local homeless shelter and regional food bank, a meal packaging event, and a casino night designed to teach players about poverty.

A group of students, staff, and faculty members also spent the week taking the SNAP Challenge, by trying to live on the same daily budget as a food stamp recipient.

In total, more than 400 students participated in the week’s events.

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