Hunger and Homelessness Events at PSU

November 1st, 2007 by Adam

Students at Plymouth State University are exploring sustainability issues and their effect on hunger and homelessness throughout this academic year.

Jaclyn Johnson, a senior meteorology major from Truro, Mass., is the student coordinator for Hunger and Homelessness events.

“Rather than have all the events in a single week as in past years, we’ve decided to spread our events out over the year to keep the need in front of people for a much longer time,” said Johnson.

The year’s events opened with a screening of the film, When I Came Home, and a discussion with the director, Dan Lohous, on October 1. When I Came Home is a documentary that follows the lives and struggles of several homeless veterans, including those who have recently returned home from the war in Iraq.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibition Program is showing Voices of American Farm Women, a contemporary perspective on women in agriculture by photographer Cynthia Vagnetti, October 24 – November 30 at the Plymouth State University Silver Center for the Arts.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Sidore Lecture Series will present J. Larry Brown speaking on Why the Working Poor Go Hungry at The Silver Center at 7 p.m.

Dr. Brown is the founding director of the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University and serves as a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health. All Sidore events are free and open to the public.

Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS. Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments. For more information on Dr. Brown’s lecture, contact Professor Robert Heiner at (603) 535-2507.

The PSU baseball team will partner with Hannaford of Plymouth and Plymouth State Dining Services (Sodexho) to sponsor a food drive from November 2 – 16. Receptacles will be placed at the Hannaford Store in Hatch Plaza and on and off campus to receive nonperishable food donations, which will be collected by Panther baseball players and given to the Community Closet Food Bank.

The group will also solicit food contributions in student neighborhoods during the evening of Monday, November 5 (rain date Nov. 6). Donors may drop off contributions on the first floor of the Hartman Union Building on High Street as well, across from the information desk.

Toiletry items will also be collected during the week of November 5, for donation to Bridge House and the Voices Against Violence safe house. Contact Katherine Tardif at (603) 535-2673.

The annual Crop Walk is scheduled for November 17, with some possible new twists. Registration is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church on Main Street. Participants may walk from Hannaford to the church, or from the church to Hannaford, and will help transport collected goods. There will also be an on-campus route. For more information on the Crop Walk, contact Preston Fuller at (603) 535-2327.

An Oxfam Hunger Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. December 5 in the Hartman Union Building multipurpose room. For some, “banquet” means lots of food. But for many, the only meal served is hunger. Feast or famine—it’s the luck of the draw. A minimum donation of $3 provides entrance to the event. For more information contact Chris DiVeglio at crdiveglio@plymouth.edu.

For more information about Hunger and Homelessness Events at PSU this academic year, contact Jaclyn Johnson at jvjohnson1@plymouth.edu, or Nancy Conklin at nconklin@plymouth.edu.