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KU Hunger Awareness Month 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 address food and nutrition insecurity.


Hunger Awareness Month Activities

Campus Food Drive
October 1-31
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.


Donate a Dollar at the KU Bookstore
October 1-31
Various Campus Locations

Throughout the month of October, customers at the Kansas Union KU Bookstore and Jayhawk Ink, Kansas Union and Wescoe Hawk Shops, and The Official Rules Gift Shop in at the DeBruce Center 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.


CANstruction Competition
September 28, 12 - 2 pm
Kansas Union Plaza

KU students will be participating in a food drive/ Construction completion to support the KU food pantry the Campus Cupboard, and Harvesters Food bank. Teams will be working on their creations throughout the morning.  Stop by 12-2pm to see the completed structure and vote on your favorite for campus choice!


Late Night at the Phog
October 1, Phog Festival starts at 10 AM
Allen Fieldhouse

Fans are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which Kansas Athletics will donate to Just Food of Douglas County. Nonperishable food and monetary donations will be accepted throughout the day supporting Just Food. You can help collect donations by signing up to volunteer with Just Food. Details about the event are available on the KU Athletics website


Faculty & Staff Wellness Lunch and Learn
October 5, 12:10-12:50 pm
Watkins Health Center, Crimson and Blue Room

This month's Faculty and Staff Wellness Lunch and Learn will include a discussion on hunger in our community and a cooking demonstration.


A New Generation's Approach to Fighting Hunger
October 5, 5-6 PM
Kansas Union, Kansas Room

Join us for a Skype conversation with Robert Egger, founder and CEO of L.A. Kitchen, a program that recovers food that would otherwise go to waste while providing employment for youth leaving foster care, returning citizens and the newly housed. RSVP on our website.


Za Pizza Give Back Day
October 12

10% of Za Pizza sales will be donated to fight hunger in our community.


Residential Dining Give Back Night
October 19, Dinner

KU Dining will donate a dollar for every meal served at dinner in their residential dining facilities (Mrs. E's, Oliver Dining Center, and North College Cafe).


Hunger Banquet
October 20, 6 PM
Multicultural Resource Center, Classroom

Participate in a unique experience that provides perspective on global hunger.  Dinners will receive different meals that simulate access to food around the globe.


Budget Healthy Cooking Class
October 24, 4:30-6 pm
Watkins Health Center, Crimson and Blue Room

As a Part of the Cook Well Live Well program, Watkins Health Center and KU Dining will partner to provide STUDENTS with a FREE cooking class. The class will provide nutrition tips for healthy eating on a budget, along with a hands-on preparation of a recipe. RSVP required to Kelsey Fortin at kelseyf123@ku.edu or 785-864-9573.


Doing Good is Good Business
October 26, 7 pm
Lawrence Public Library 

The world of business is changing for the good: creating space for social entrepreneurs and others who don’t just want to earn a profit, but to do something good for other people and the planet. Building sustainability within business models can have a huge impact on the Lawrence community at large. Join us for a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs bettering our community through their businesses. Hear local perspective on how changing the business model gives back to the community, and makes space to provide resources for those in need. 


Hunger Summit
October 28, 9 am - 3 pm
Kansas Union, Jay R​oom

The 3rd Annual KU Hunger Summit fill focus on sharing community supported hunger research, and making use of those projects to advocate for policy change.  Attendance is free, but registration is required.


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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