This Sunday, Hunger Week returns to Loyola’s campuses to raise awareness and funds for the fight against hunger. From November 4-10, the Loyola community is invited to participate in a series of events to educate themselves and others about food issues that are persisting today.

Proceeds from Hunger Week events always go to organizations at the local, national, and global level. Andrew Miller, staff advisor for Hunger Week, says this year’s beneficiaries were chosen for their expansive outreach within their target population. The three beneficiaries are the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Share Our Strength, and Action Against Hunger.

Those who have participated in Hunger Week before can expect to see some familiar events throughout campus. Some of these staple events include the Hunger Run 5K, the Fast-A-Thon, and the subsequent Breaking of the Fast. Last year, these events drew the largest crowds, with the Hunger Run and the Breaking of the Fast each seeing more than 100 people.

In addition to these popular events, Hunger Week is offering some different options. This year, participants can attend a panel discussion on hunger issues in Chicago. Representatives from the Greater Chicago Food Depository will take part in this discussion. Additionally, there will be a screening of a documentary called Hunger Hits Home which exposes the realities of hunger across the country. The documentary was produced by Share Our Strength and the Food Network.

One of the main goals of Hunger Week is just to educate people and help raise awareness about these issues that may go unnoticed.

“We hope that people will come away with a better understanding of the struggles faced by individuals close to home and around the world when it comes to feeding themselves and their families, as well as knowledge about how we all can work to change that,” says Miller.

Here are some of the other events taking place during Hunger Week 2012.

  • To kick off the week, join Hillel, SAE, SAAC, and the Armed Forces Club for PB Jam on Monday, November 5; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., lend your hand to make hundreds of sandwiches that will be given to a Rogers Park soup kitchen
  • The Muslim Student Association co-sponsors the Fast-A-Thon, which will be held Tuesday from sunrise to sunset; click here to register
  • Participants have three opportunities throughout the week to volunteer at a soup kitchen: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; please e-mail Patty Ray ( to sign up for Thursday’s volunteering and for Tuesday and Friday
  • From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Hillel will sell bagels in the Quinlan Life Sciences Center lobby to raise money for this year’s beneficiaries
  • The Social Class Dinner will be held Wednesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Simpson Multipurpose Room; the interactive dinner demonstrates the uneven food distribution throughout the world with a discussion focusing on hunger in the Middle East
  • Runners can check in for the Hunger Run 5K at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning; race time is at 10 a.m. and students can register now for $15 and everyone else for $20
  • All week long, there will be a Hunger Fact Scavenger Hunt throughout campus; answers to hunger questions will be hidden on campus and participants are encouraged to fill out their game card to possibly win a prize

To learn more about this year’s beneficiaries, click on the links below:

For more information on Hunger Week, and for a full list of the week’s activities, visit the Hunger Week webpage.