Topeka, Kan.- Bods Feeding Bods will host several events on campus this week to participate in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, which is traditionally held the week before Thanksgiving. All of these events are free and are open to the public.
Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
Kansas Room, upper level of Memorial Union
The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is an opportunity to get a visual representation of the different income levels of our world. Participants will draw a ticket when they arrive to determine where they sit and what they eat.
Book Discussion: "Full Planet, Empty Plates"
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m.
The Mabee Library's book club monthly discussion for November will be about Lester Brown's "Full Planet, Empty Plates." With rising food scarcity, control of arable land and water resources moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security, the ability to grow food is becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. Brown outlines the political implications of land acquisitions by grain-importing countries in Africa and elsewhere as well as the world’s shrinking buffers against poor harvests.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Washburn Room B, Memorial Union
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. But are SNAP benefits really enough? Take the SNAP challenge and attempt to put together a week's worth of meals to see how far SNAP benefits go.
Bods Feeding Bods is an organization that oversees a food pantry on the Washburn University campus providing nutritious food to any member of the Washburn community who might find themselves in need. To access the food, a Washburn student or employee simply visits during the stated hours of operations and presents an active Washburn University ID card (iCard). Learning in the Community (LinC), Christian Challenge and the Washburn University psychology department provide on-going support for Bods Feeding Bods. There are also bins located on campus to allow students, faculty and staff to donate food.
Founded in 1975 at Villanova University, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program encouraging people to come together to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising and advocacy events. More than 700 groups across the country participate, raising money and food donations for their local service providers.