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.

Issue updates

Resource | Hunger

Hunger and Homelessness Project Packet



Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the Hunger campaign on your campus.


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Open Mic Night

The Hunger and Homelessness Campaign held their first Open Mic Night, a fundraiser for the famine in Somalia at Getaway Café across from campus. Hunger and Homelessness interns had singers, a magician, the UCR improv group, rappers, and poetry slammers come out to help the people of Somalia.  Everyone enjoyed the entertainment, pizza, and helping out for a great cause!

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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

This week CALPIRG’s Hunger and Homelessness Campaign reached out into the community to educate folks about poverty issues local and worldwide. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, UCLA student Angela Sanchez shared her experience being homeless during high school with students from numerous student organizations on campus. On Sunday, Nov. 21, CALPIRG interns served bagged lunches on Skid Row.

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Helping the Hungry and Homeless in our Neighborhood

Hunger and homelessness are reaching crisis levels both here in the United States and throughout the world, and the problems are getting worse with the world-wide recession. The issue is hard to overlook when it is in your own community. In Isla Vista, where UCSB is located, the problem is severe. Several homeless members in our community have become well-known amongst the students, such as one man who has taken on the nickname “the Pirate.” CALPIRG chapter students decided to get creative and do something to help.

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Halloween with a Social Change twist!

Last night, our Hunger and Homelessness Campaign made a big splash in the Davis community celebrating Halloween with a social change twist. While kids dressed up as spooky characters and trick-or-treated for candy, we dressed up in our own costumes and trick-or-canned -- Trick-or-treating for canned foods! In just a little over an hour, we collected over 150 cans of food to donate to the local food bank. Who said trick-or-treating is just for kids? We can all benefit from a little bit of community outreach (even on Halloween)!

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