11/14/2014 03:08 PM
BATON ROUGE – Kitchens on the Geaux at LSU, an organization of LSU Campus Life, will mark National Hunger and Homelessness Week on campus and in the Baton Rouge community Nov. 16-21. The group plans a plastic fork installation on the LSU Parade Ground, as well as more than a dozen volunteer opportunities open for students throughout the week.
The week begins with a service project Sunday, Nov. 16 from 8-10 a.m. at Expressway
Park, where LSU student volunteers will prepare breakfast for the hungry. Other projects
during the week include volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, learning
about what happens behind the scenes at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, roundtable
discussions about hunger in Baton Rouge and volunteering at the Scotlandville Garden
Park and From the Bottom to the Top Gardens with Louisiana Delta Service Corps.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 17, LSU students, faculty, staff and the Baton Rouge community
are invited to help build and view an installation of 5,000 plastic forks on the LSU
Parade Ground representing the number of people in Louisiana who are without housing.
The installation will be displayed on the Parade Ground through Friday, Nov. 21.
A key program of the week is the 6th annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet at LSU, Wednesday,
Nov. 19, in the LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom. The purpose of this program
is to educate participants on the global dynamics of food distribution and how they
lead to hunger in different areas of the world. At this interactive event, the place
you sit and the meal you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real
life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.
During the week, Kitchens on the Geaux will also host two supply drives. Daily, for
the duration of the week, students will accept donations of new, unused socks in the
Campus Life office, 350 Student Union Building. Socks are the most requested item
by those arriving at and temporarily housed in shelters. On Wednesday, Nov. 19 from
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. students will accept toiletries in Free Speech Plaza. Both sets
of supplies will be donated to local shelters.
Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, the National Coalition for the Homeless and
the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. During this week, a number of schools, communities
and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems
of hunger and homelessness.
Kitchens on the Geaux at LSU was chartered by a group of students who witnessed food
being wasted in the community and vowed to help educate fellow students and community
members as well as to work to salvage and collect food for the hungry.
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014