Help End Homelessness (NYC)
Did you know that between 1.3 and 1.4 million New Yorkers—including one in five of the city's children—live in households that lack sufficient food? In addition, NYC has had record-breaking numbers in homeless shelters. Join the Center for Community Action and Research in the fight to end hunger and homelessness.
One in five children in the United States are hungry—that’s 16 million kids across the country that do not get the food that they need.
Poverty and homelessness are issues that are widespread across the country, and seem to be getting worse: 44% of single mothers in America are on food stamps, and even then it can be difficult to provide their children with the nutrition that they need. In the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, 222,197 people in families were homeless on a single night in 2013. In July of 2014, there were 56,454 people in homeless shelters around New York City alone–a record that had exceeded any previous shelter census.
There are many ways for you as students, both individually and in groups, to make a change and help end hunger for the nearly 16 million American children and millions of adults.
This month, CCARNY has hosted a trip to the New York Common Pantry and will be hosting additional events and educational campaigns:
NYC Rescue Mission–Common Hour Conversation| Wednesday, October 15 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | Lecture Hall North
Join the Center for Community Action and Research and the NYC Rescue Mission for a presentation and discussion about the myths and realities of homelessness in New York City, led by the Executive Director of the Mission Craig Mayes and a formerly homeless individual who found success through the Mission’s program. Lunch will be provided, and all students, staff, and faculty are welcome.
Make a Difference Monday| October 13, 20, 27
Pledge to do one small action each Monday this month to help end hunger and homelessness in New York City. Follow CCARNY for ideas and suggestions every week!
Take Action Thursdays | October 16, 23, 30
Each Thursday of this month, check out the CCARNY Facebook page for a petition or other way to Take Action on hunger and homelessness in NYC. All it takes is a few minutes to make a tremendous impact on policies that affect the lives of thousands of New Yorkers every day.
Fact Fridays | October 17, 24, 31
Follow the CCAR on Facebook and Twitter for statistics, stories, and facts about hunger in America every Friday in October. Share and retweet them to help spread the word! Don’t forget to use the hashtags #StopHunger and #EndHomelessness to join in on the larger conversation.
For more information on CCAR news and events, visit http://ccar.blogs.pace.edu.
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