It's a competition, where everyone, especially those in need, win.
The CJ Hunger Games II: The Fight To End Hunger and Homelessness, will be held Monday, November 16 through Monday, November 23. This year, the week has a theme modeled off "The Hunger Games" movie franchise.
"It's been a couple years since we did a 'Hunger Games' theme," said Jenna Mathile '16. "People had a lot of fun and it got them excited about the week."
The week also correlates with Pope Francis' call to end hunger by 2025.
"It's really cool to see the CJ community participate in this," Mathile added.
While the days during the week have a theme, any contribution will be accepted each day. This year's themes are:
- November 16: Money Monday
- November 17: Toiletry Tuesday
- November 18: Warm Wednesday
- November 19: Fasting Thursday
- November 20: Food Friday
- November 23: Miscellaneous Monday
"People can connect with each day because they have themes," shared Clare Wade '16.
Along with collecting contributions, there will be other activities connected to bringing awareness about hunger and homelessness. On Monday, November 16, there will be a MLC Monday event called "Hunger Village." The after-school gathering will be a justice simulation examining the discrepancies between the rich and poor. During lunch periods on Thursday, November 19, students have the opportunity to bag lunches for St. Vincent de Paul.
"It makes me feel good because even though I'm hungry, I like knowing that I am giving back," An'Tanae Eke House '16 said about the activity. "I can give up some of my day to help others."
Toiletries and cold weather items collected throughout the week will also be given to St. Vincent de Paul. Food items collected will be delivered to The Dayton Foodbank, and money collected will be given to Oxfam and Catholic Relief Services, which are both international hunger relief organizations.
"We focus our efforts on giving during the holiday season," Sr. Nicole Trahan said. "A lot of people don't think about the shelters that really need things and support in the spring and summer as well. I'm hopeful that Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week inspires everyone to continue giving and be of service throughout the other times of year and not just the holidays."
"It's not important to just focus on this one week, but to carry it on after this week," agreed Eke House.
CJ In The News!
Watch WDTN's story about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.