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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

November 12-20 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville will participate in the week, hosting several events to raise awareness about resources on campus that help combat food insecurity and meet the needs of students. 

This week’s efforts have been organized by the Office of the Dean of Students, Center for Financial Wellness, Big Orange Pantry, and the Office of Sustainability. The Student Basic Needs Coalition (SBNC) has also taken the lead during Hunger and Homelessness week as a student advocacy organization seeking to address basic needs of food, health, housing, and safety for all at UT and across the country.  The schedule for the 2022 H&H Week will be available in fall 2022. Visit the links below for more information on this year’s H&H Week programs.


Programs & Events

Pack to Give Back: The Mission of Meals of Hope is “To inspire and empower communities to come together to end hunger.” We are excited to bring Meals of Hope to campus for the Pack to Give Back event during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Sign up for a shift and help package meals that will be donated to our very own Big Orange Pantry along with other select Knoxville community organizations. Our goal is 50,000 meals – we need your help, Vols!

Big Orange Pantry Open House: This Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Big Orange Pantry invites students, faculty, and staff to an open house on Tuesday, November 18 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Join us for coffee and treats from Capybara Coffee and learn more about services and resources supporting community basic needs.

The Big Orange Pantry Open House is co-hosted by:

  • Graduate Student Senate

  • The Center for Financial Wellness

  • Student Basic Needs Coalition

  • The Free Store

  • Smokey’s Closet

  • Student Government Association