National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


November 15th-19th

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual week of programs to draw attention to problems of hunger and homelessness. Students, staff, faculty and the surrounding community are invited to learn from this series of educational, service, advocacy, and events.


All Week: November 15th-19th

Project Pack the Pantry

A week long donation drive encouraging students, faculty, and the UCF community to donate food to the Knights Pantry. Since Thanksgiving is the following week, we are encouraging donations for the holiday. A drop box for pantry items will be located at the Knights Pantry located in Ferrell Commons.

MASS First-Generation Program Sock Drive

You may drop off socks in a drop box located at Knights Pantry, Student Care Services, or the MASS First-generation Program located in the Student Union, 207. You also have the option to purchase a pair of socks for $1 online at www.socksforsouls.com and enter “UCF” at checkout.

100% of all socks collected or purchased online will be donated to UCF Cares and Knights Pantry.

Monday, November 15th

Monday Morning Service with VUCF and Knights Pantry: 9:00am-11:00pm, Knights Pantry 

A closed volunteer event hosted by the VUCF, teaching members about the pantry services, and giving them the opportunity to volunteer and help with different tasks such as: processing donations, taking inventory, restocking pantry shelves, and hanging up clothing. Volunteers must complete a Volunteers Services Agreement by November 12th at 12:00pm. Limited spots.

Registration required: email vucfrelief@ucf.edu by 11/12 as spots are limited.

Hunger Banquet (VUCF): 6:00pm-8:00pm, Pegasus Ballroom 

The Hunger Banquet is an interactive event that creates awareness about the issues of hunger and homelessness as well as creates ways to help reduce the disadvantages associated with the inequalities of social classes. The event will provide participants a simulated experience of the realities of society. Attendees will be treated to guest speakers and have the opportunity to talk to representatives from organizations who are leaders in the fight against hunger and free food.

Registration required. Click the link to register: Hunger Banquet

Tuesday, November 16th

NHHAW Tabling and Giveaways: 11:00 am-2:00pm, Student Union Atrium

Stop by the Student Union Atrium between 11am-2pm to learn about the events for the NHHAW. Giveaways will be available and a special appearance from a beloved UCF mascot will be made!

Censible Knights: Dining on a Dime: 3:00pm, Virtual

This presentation will provide students with tips and a few recipes to help student learn how to maximize their food budgets. Additionally, the presentation will provide resources on campus to assist students who are facing food insecurity.

Registration required: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ktNkKAM39yXr38

Wednesday, November 17th

Censible Knights: What are my options? Student Loan Repayment: 4:30pm, Virtual

Understanding student loan repayment options can be complicated. Student borrowers have a variety of loan repayment options and borrower benefits available to them. This presentation will cover the various student loan repayment options available for borrowers of federally funded student loans. 

Registration required: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6r1YsqmXX5C86y2

Thursday, November 18th

WHPS Cooking Demonstration: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Memory Mall

Wellness and Health Promotion Services presents the FreshU Mobile Demonstration Kitchen. FreshU Kitchen Cooking Demos teach students how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into their diets and reduce food waste. Students will get to see the process, taste the dish, and take home a recipe card so they can try making it themselves later.

Mobile Knights Pantry: 12:00-1:00pm, Memory Mall

Instead of coming all the way to the pantry, we’re bringing the pantry to you! We’ll be meeting near the flag pole at Memory Mall. The Knights Pantry will be giving out free groceries and goodies to all students. Remember to bring your UCF ID if you plan on stopping by! 

Couponing/SNAP 101: 3:00pm, RWC 206

Do you want to learn how to save money the right way and utilize your SNAP benefits? If so, come learn more about Couponing with SNAP 101!

  • Coupon Basics
  • What is SNAP?
  • How to apply?
  • Utilizing your SNAP benefits effectively?

Registration is NOT required.

Friday, November 19th

Assisting Students Experiencing Housing and/or Food Insecurities Webinar for K-12 Partners: 2:00pm-3:00pm, Virtual

Are you a K-12 guidance counselor or homeless student liaison that would like to learn more about how the University of Central Florida supports students experiencing housing and/or food insecurity? This webinar will provide information on how to best advise/support your students in their transition from the K-12 system to higher education.