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Events Planned During National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week at GWU

BOILING SPRINGS, NC – The Gardner-Webb University Office of Community Engagement is presenting various events this week to bring attention to the growing problem of hunger and homelessness in America.  National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is taking place now until Nov. 20, and it is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.

The GWU community will have the chance to take part in programs on and off campus this week. “The whole purpose is to make them [students] aware of hunger and homelessness, and that it’s happening here, at home and in this country.  It’s not just a problem in foreign countries,” said Stephanie Richey, community engagement director for Gardner-Webb.

Events include the following:

  • Dimensions program with lecture by Chris Lahr, of the Simple Way Community in Philadelphia, Pa., a   social ministry reaching urban communities. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9:25 a.m.
  • A Painting Project at the Men’s Shelter in Shelby, N.C. on Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • A Fashion Show benefiting shelters in the area at the Ritch Banquet Hall, located in the Dover Campus Center, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Homelessness Documentary in Fireside Lounge, located in the Dover Campus Center at 10:00 p.m. and One Night Without A Home, where students sleep outside on the GWU quad, Friday, Nov. 18.
  • ”Local Foods Meet Up To Eat Up,” featuring a documentary screening and farming discussion, at Don Gibson Theatre in uptown Shelby, Saturday, Nov. 19 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

More information is available through the Office of Community Engagement at 704-406-2135 or online at