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Villanova University Celebrates Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Students promoting Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University will celebrate Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) from Sunday, November 11 through Saturday, November 17. HHAW originated at Villanova University in 1975 under the guidance of the late Father Ray Jackson, OSA, an Augustinian priest whose legacy also includes co-founding the University’s Center for Peace and Justice Education. In the years since, this week of coordinated activities and education expanded beyond Villanova to more than 500 campuses and communities, in the process becoming the most widely organized hunger and homelessness event of its type nationwide.

Featured events include:

  • Keynote Address from Stephanie Sena (faculty founder of the Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia) and Lucy Noland (anchor and reporter for FOX29 Philadelphia), titled “Thinking Constellationally: Causes of Homelessness, Obstacles Out of It, and How WE can ALL Make a Difference” on Thursday November 15 at 6 p.m. the St. Thomas of Villanova Church.
  • Fast Day on Wednesday November 14, where members of the Villanova community will donate one meal and Villanova Dining Services will generously donate the cost ($6.50) to partner organizations Catholic Relief Services, National Coalition for the Homeless, Project Home and Philabundance.
  • Hunger Run 5K on Friday, November 16, benefitting Back On My Feet.
  • Transportation to the Metroplex shopping center in Plymouth Meeting to purchase items for Nova Nook, a distribution of personal necessities, such as toiletry items and snacks, for students in need on November 11 & 17.

A full list of events can be found here.

HHAW began in 1975 when a group of Villanova students, recognizing the power education could play in the fight against homelessness, decided to coordinate a week of activities around the issues. National HHAW is now an annual event held the week before Thanksgiving – jointly sponsored by the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness (NSCHH) and the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH). At Villanova, HHAW is co-sponsored by the Centers for Peace & Justice Education and Campus Ministry at Villanova University. Villanova also partners with numerous local and national organizations for the annual event, including Catholic Relief Services, The National Coalition for the Homeless, Project HOME, Back on My Feet, Catholic Network of Volunteer Service, etc.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit