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Villanova University Celebrates Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

The letters HHAW against a purple background.

VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University will celebrate Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) from Sunday, November 14 through Saturday, November 20 with a series of events throughout campus.

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.

Events are scheduled to include:
Sunday, November 14
Pope Francis’ 5th annual World Day of the Poor, all day

Winter Kit Fundraiser; Driscoll Hall 134, 12 – 3 p.m.
HHWW will collect money to fund the creation of 200 winter relief kits. These will be distributed to people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. Kits will include items such as masks, hand warmers, socks, hand sanitizer and granola bars.

Monday, November 15
Postgraduate Service Fair; Villanova Room at Connelly Center, 5-7 p.m.
Postgraduate Service Chat; The Refectory, 8-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 17
Fair Trade Craft Fair; Connelly Center Ground Floor Atrium, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Keynote Event: The Heart of Camden, the Story of Father Michael Doyle; Connelly Cinema, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 18
Donate A Meal; Campus Dining Halls, lunch
The HHAW is hosting its annual Fast Day. For every meal donation collected, Dining Services will donate an amount for each meal to partner organizations helping those experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Solidarity Vigil, The Grotto; 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 20
Back On My Feet Turkey Trot 5K; The Oreo, 9:30 a.m.

For more information on HHAW and its schedule of events for 2021, visit the HHAW site.

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