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KU Hunger Awareness Month 2015 is coordinated by KU Fights Hunger, a campus organization that works to inform the KU community about hunger on our campus and beyond and to take action to target hunger at its root causes. KU Hunger Awareness Month is a collaboration between student organizations, campus units, and faculty members that share a similar goal of using resources at KU to fight hunger.


Hunger Awareness Passport

Take part in KU Hunger Awareness Month activities throughout the month of October and be entered to win great prizes that will help you eat healthier on a budget.

Complete your Hunger Awareness Passport


Donate a Dollar at the KU Bookstore

October 1-31

Throughout the month of October, customers at the Kansas Union KU Bookstore and Jayhawk Ink can donate $1.00 (or more!) to fight hunger. All donations will go to the KU Fights Hunger campus-wide food drive in support of the Douglas County food bank Just Food and its partner agencies, including the Campus Cupboard.


Cast Your Vote for CANstruction

Wednesday, September 30 from 11 AM - 3 PM
Kansas Union Traditions Area, 4th floor

The Junior Panhellenic and the Junior IFC will be competing in a CANstruction competition in support of Harvesters-Community Food Network. Participating Greek teams have brainstormed a hunger-related theme and will create a masterpiece made of non-perishable food items in the Kansas Union Traditions Area on Tuesday, September 29.

The KU community is invited to vote on their favorite CANstruction on the Union 4th floor on Wednesday the 30th. After the structures have been through the judging process the majority of donations will go to Harvesters-Community Food Network, with the exception of the creation voted "Most Nutritionally Dense" - the food items composing that structure will be donated directly to the Campus Cupboard, a food pantry serving KU students!

Harvesters serves 26 counties in our region. They have 620 partnering agencies including Willow Domestic Violence Center and Ballard Community Center, along with serving almost every elementary school in Lawrence with their Back Snack program to feed hungry children over the weekends.


Healthy Eating on a Budget

Monday, October 5th from 4-6 PM
Watkins Health Center, 1st floor conference room

Join Kelsey Fortin, KU Health Educator, for a FREE healthy cooking class. We'll begin with some key lessons on eating nutritiously while on a budget, followed by a hands-on cooking lesson for sweet potato black bean chili! Participants will be entered to win a free cookbook! Space is limited. RSVP to kelseyf123@ku.edu.


Late Night Food Drive

Friday, October 9th, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Allen Fieldhouse

Fans attending Late Night in the Phog are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which Kansas Athletics will donate to Just Food of Douglas County. Just Food will also be outside Allen Fieldhouse taking cash donations for those not able to bring a food item.


Campus Food Drive

October 19-31
Various Campus Locations

During the last two weeks of October, KU Fights Hunger will be collecting donations* to benefit Just Food and their 40+ partner agencies in Douglas County. Find a food drop-off location near you.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation, go to the Just Food online donation form. Please be sure to select “KU Fights Hunger” from the options under “What would you like your donation to be allocated to?” That will ensure that your generous donation will be included in our total for the KU food drive.

*Food items in most need include: peanut butter, cereal, pasta, and canned meats, beans and fruit.


KU Dining Dollar Donation

Wednesday October 21st at Dinner
Mrs. E's, Oliver, and North College Café

KU Dining will support the KU Fights Hunger food drive by donating $1 for every meal purchased during dinner on October 21 at Mrs. E’s, Oliver and the North College Café. You can join the fight against hunger by dining with KU on the 21st!


KU Hunger Summit: Hawks Fighting for Food and Nutrition Security

Friday, October 23rd from 11 AM to 2 PM
The Commons @ Spooner Hall

Join us for an action-oriented summit of faculty, staff, students, and community members to identify and prioritize opportunities for the University of Kansas to address food and nutrition security through academics, outreach, and student life. This year's summit will include opening remarks from Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and group work to develop an action plan focused on enhancing ongoing efforts around these issues.  A working lunch will be provided. Attendance is free, but registration is required


Red Hot Research: Food Research, Policy and Implementation

Friday, October 23rd 4 PM
The Commons @ Spooner Hall

The Commons presents a series designed specifically for research exchange, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to an idea. This month's event focuses on Food Research, Policy and Implementation. Presenters include:

  • Dietrich Earnhart, Economics
  • Paul Stock, Sociology/Environmental Studies Program
  • Helen Schnoes, Food Systems Coordinator, Douglas County
  • Elizabeth Stigler, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Eric Rath, History

For more on Red Hot Research, visit The Commons website


Food Day: Exploring Hunger in Douglas County

October 24th, 1pm - 4pm
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts Street, Downtown Lawrence

The Watkins Museum is hosting a fun, informative, and family-friendly event that will explore hunger and food insecurity in Lawrence and the surrounding area. The event is free to the public and will include a life-sized board game, a photography exhibit, presentations from local organizations, a short film screening, and more!
Come enjoy healthy, local snacks and learn about the hidden struggle of thousands of people in Douglas County. Food donations will be accepted at the door to benefit Penn House and Just Food.


Stuff the Bus

Sunday, October 25th, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Adams Alumni Center

Kick off Homecoming Week with this annual drive to fill a KU bus with donations.


To stay informed about activities during KU Hunger Awareness Month, follow KU Fights Hunger on Facebook and Twitter. You can also stay involved all year long by joining KU Fights Hunger through Rock Chalk Central, or by sending questions or suggestions to kufightshunger@ku.edu.


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