Hungry, homeless

homelessThe second annual Poverty Conference at Lynchburg College will kick off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Hopwood Auditorium.

The keynote speaker will be former co-chair of the Green Party, Farheen Hakeem, who is speaking on the work she is doing with housing projects and poverty. Other speakers from local nonprofits and colleges will focus on hunger, food waste, food deserts, housing, and education.

Throughout Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, some Lynchburg College students will be sleeping outside in the Dell. Students seek sponsors for each night to raise money for two long-term residential programs in Lynchburg: The Network House, for homeless women and children, and St. John’s Recovery, for impoverished individuals in recovery. 

For more than a decade LC has observed Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week to educate the LC community about the realities of homelessness and hunger. The goal is to provide means of action for students and staff to help with the issues of hunger and homelessness globally, nationally, and locally.

Saturday, November 9

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Poverty Conference

Hopwood Auditorium

Registration is recommended by November 1, but there will be registration at the door

Contact Wil Johns at

Sunday, November 10

Solidarity Sleepers began sleeping outside in the Dell for the week.

Monday, November 11

Noon to 4 p.m.

Quilt making on Schewel Hall Terrace

Tuesday, November 12

Noon to 2 p.m.

Letters to US senators on matters of hunger in our country and world

Outside cafeteria, Burton Student Center

Wednesday, November 13

7-9 p.m.

Poverty Simulation (An exploration of the experience that many people in poverty go through each day, provided by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.)

Burton East Room

Thursday, November 14

4 to 6 p.m.

Put together diaper and feminine hygiene kits

Brewer Townhouse

Friday, November 15

Noon to 2 p.m. 

Letters to US senators on matters of hunger in our country and world

Outside cafeteria, Burton Student Center

Saturday, November 16

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trip to Shalom Farms in Richmond

The week’s events are sponsored by the Office of Community Involvement, Bonner Leaders, Spiritual Life Center, and the Campus Sustainability Committee.

For more information, contact Chris Gibbons at 544-8640.