Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) originated at Villanova University in 1975 under the guidance of the late Rev. Father Ray Jackson, OSA, an Augustinian priest. HHAW began when a group of Villanova students, recognizing the power education could play in the fight against homelessness, decided to coordinate a week of activities around the issues.
In the years since, this week of coordinated activities and education expanded beyond Villanova University to more than 500 campuses and communities, in the process becoming the most widely organized hunger and homelessness event of its type nationwide.
Now, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual event held the week before Thanksgiving–jointly sponsored by the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness and the National Coalition for the Homeless.
HHAW seeks to raise awareness in the Villanova community about hunger and homelessness within the United States and around the world. Through education, service and advocacy, the University and its students are committed to promoting solidarity by gaining an understanding of the issues of poverty.
Activities include fast days, food drives, guest speakers and a solidarity Sleep Out, where students raise awareness by sleeping outside in the middle of Villanova’s campus.