Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness
Resolve to Fight Poverty
No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people.
In the U.S.: Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. In 2014, almost 46.7 million Americans were living below the poverty level, and on a typical night, more than 578,000 Americans were homeless.
On Campus: Poverty isn’t exclusive to any one community. Even college campuses are not immune. Our latest research suggests that one in five students may currently experience hunger.
Worldwide: At the global level, the problem is even more serious. While there has been slow but steady progress over the past thirty years, there are still 795 million people – or one in nine people in the world – who do not have enough to eat. 896 million people in developing countries live on $1.90 a day or less.
We have the resources and knowledge to eliminate hunger and homelessness in our time, but it remains to be seen whether we have the political will to do so. Fortunately, on campuses across the country, there are students like us who are dedicated to making their communities a better place, and improving the lives and well-being of those around them. Our Hunger Campaign takes this passion and dedication and harnesses it through a combination of direct service, fundraising events, and political advocacy.
As students, we have the ideas, solutions and resources to make change – and by joining together, we can end hunger and homelessness.
It’s hard to believe, but Oregon has the highest rate of child food insecurity in the country, with nearly 30% of children with limited or uncertain access to adequate food. What’s more is that the number of families in need is on the rise. Right now 138,000 people in Lane County are eligible for food assistance, up from 124,000 people last year. Food banks are struggling to keep up.
OSPIRG is pairing up with Food for Lane County, the second largest food pantry in the state, to mobilize students at the U of O and Lane County Community College to meet the increased need. In September, we launched a campaign to provide Food for Lane County with 30,000 meals.
We’re generating the meals in a couple different ways. We’re holding fundraisers like our kick-the-crap out of hunger kickball tournament, organizing food collections on campus and at grocery stores, and work in local community gardens to produce fresh food that we can then donate to food pantries.
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