Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

HHAW LogoHunger and Homelessness Week is a nationally recognized program every November to draw attention to the issues surrounding food and housing insecurity across the country. Colleges and universities have adopted programming to educate the community about basic need insecurity on their respective campuses. 

The next Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is on November 17-23, 2024. If interested in hosting and or cosponsoring an event, please contact us to discuss more. 

Below is a list of past events and programs that occurred during the week of November 11-18, 2023.


Empty Plates Display

Happening All Week

The Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Initiatives will be displaying plates in the College Avenue Student Center Atrium. Stop by and view our display to increase awareness of hunger and food insecurity and give support to our fellow students!

Volunteer at Rutgers Gardens

Monday, November 13th 
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM, Rutgers Gardens

Sign up to help harvest or clean up at Rutgers Gardens. Learn about harvesting their in-season vegetables or clean out plants for the season along with the Basic Needs Team at the Rutgers Student Farm. Carpooling/pickups can be arranged.

Rutgers Gardens Volunteer Sign Up

The Food Dating Game

Tuesday, November 14th
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Livingston Student Center

Visit the Basic Needs table and play our trivia game to win some prizes. Which of these food items and containers are still considered good to consume? What does a best-by date really mean? Stop by and receive a free cheat sheet to keep in your pantry!

Sock Collection for Elijah’s Promise with Sigma Phi Epsilon

Wednesday, November 15th 
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, College Ave Student Center

Collect a pair of new socks and donate it at Sigma Phi Epsilon's sock drive collection location on campus. All sizes of socks are needed and can also be donated by the end of the week by contacting

Grocery Bingo

Thursday, November 16th
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Busch Student Center MPR

Get ready to shout "BINGO!" and win some amazing food themed prizes at this fun-filled event. Our professional Bingo caller will guide you through multiple rounds of the classic game, and there will be plenty of opportunities to win big!

Replenish Tour & Windows of Understanding

Friday, November 17th
10:45 AM, Meet at College Ave Student Center | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Replenish

REPLENISH is a collaboration of many partnerships working together to end hunger which helps support the Rutgers Food Pantry. Sign up to learn more about their food insecurity mural and tour their facility, and find out how to get involved. 

Replenish Educational Session Sign Up
All participants must register by November 15th

Register for the Snap Challenge

Register to participate in the Snap Challenge, living off of $4.20 a day for 5 days. Participants who complete the challenge and survey will receive Food Pantry swag.

Register for the Snap Challenge Today