Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
began at Villanova University in 1975, under the direction of Fr. Ray Jackson, OSA. This program sparked a movement of colleges who instituted similar weeks based on the HHAW model. In association with the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) and the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness, over 750 educational communities across the nation now participate in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week each November.
What is HHAW?
It is an annual event sponsored by Campus Ministry & the Center for Peace and Justice Education that engages the Villanova community in discussions around the root causes of poverty, particularly food insecurity and homelessness. We set aside this week to raise awareness through education, to demonstrate solidarity with those experiencing hunger and homelessness, to take immediate actions as well as by advocating for broader, long-term solutions that address underlying systemic causes.