National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week
November 10-18, 2012
Thank you to the 60+ people who attended our ‘Hungry & Homeless in Clark County: Get the Facts’ event on Nov. 15.
And a big THANK YOU to our featured speakers:
– Amy Reynolds, Share
– Eric Olmsted, Owner, On-line Support
– Katherine Garrett, Share
– Alan Hamilton, Clark County Food Bank
– Andy Silver, Council for the Homeless
Click below to read a comprehensive article about the event, as published in The Columbian:
Stepping up to combat hunger, homelessness; Outreach groups share information at ‘Get the Facts’ meet
Some quotes from the event:
Alan Hamilton, Executive Director, Clark County Food Bank
“Nutrition education is a very specific science – it needs to be both ethnically and space appropriate for people to really make the food at home.”
“Hunger isn’t a silo issue – it runs right alongside homelessness, as well as with a child’s ability to do well in school.”
“What is the future? More and better food, partnerships and innovation – all to do more to help those in need.”
Andy Silver, Executive Director, Council for the Homeless
“In 2009, there was a national effort to focus on veteran homelessness, as veterans accounted for 25% of the entire homeless population. The result was an improved system for local communities to serve with a single point of access for housing, supported employment, mental health issues, physical health issues, etc.”
“We have seen the new system work in our Point in Time (PIT) counts. In January 2011, veteran homelessness was down to 11%; in January 2012, it had decreased to just 5%.”
“The work done with veteran homelessness is a road map for what we can do with all types of homelessness.”
Can you support Share or other community organizations during National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week?
Here are some ways you can help:
Organize a drive to collect non-perishable items such as food, toiletries, clothing, blankets, books and toys.
Designate one day for you and your co-workers (or friends or family) to skip a meal. Instead of buying a meal that day, donate the money you would have spent to a local hunger relief organization.
Sponsor a bake sale or car wash and donate collected money to a local shelter.
Volunteer for a local non-profit organization.
Click here for more ways that you can help the hungry & homeless in our community
Learn about simple ways you can help make a real difference in people’s lives.