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Cedar Crest College Students Announce Events to Emphasize the Plight of the Impoverished

Allentown, PA (November 11, 2005) – The Lutz Center for Community Service at Cedar Crest College announces the activities planned for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2005, which will be observed from November 13 – 19.

This year marks the fifth year of participation by the Cedar Crest community. The week is co-sponsored by The National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness and was created in an effort to promote awareness among college students of the issues of hunger and homelessness at the local, regional, national and international levels.

“We hope that this week of events will give students a broader perspective about the issues of hunger and homelessness throughout the world,” says Tammy Bean, director of community service programs at the Lutz Center. “Too often we forget that these are serious problems not only in third world countries, but also in our own community.”

A recent survey conducted by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. speaks to this point. The purpose of the study was to better understand why people in our area need emergency food assistance and how they are able to manage the care of themselves and/or their families with very few resources. The survey found that 48 percent of those interviewed had skipped meals in the previous month because they did not have enough money to buy food. Furthermore, 43 percent of those surveyed said they rely on the availability of emergency food assistance on a monthly basis and nearly half of those using “soup kitchens” do so almost daily. It also found that participation in the Food Stamp Program was at 28 percent, down from 55 percent in 1995. Of the 41 percent who actually applied for Food Stamps, 82 percent were rejected.




Sunday, 11/13 – Monday, 11/21: Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes
The Lutz Center for Community Service is adopting families from the Marvine-Pembroke Community in Bethlehem to provide them with all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving Dinner. Donations will be collected at the Allen House.

Sunday, 11/13 – Tuesday, 11/22: Fall Food and Clothing Drive

The Black Awareness Student Union (BASU) sponsors this year's food and clothing drive.

Items received will be donated to New Bethany Ministries.

Sunday, 11/13: Forgotten Felines and Fidoes, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Students will socialize with homeless pets and help with cleaning at the no-kill shelter.

Monday, 11/14: Oxfam Hunger Banquet, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Tompkins College Center

Students will learn about hunger issues throughout the world.

Tuesday, 11/15: Donate-A-Meal Program
Students will sign off on their meal plans for the day and donate the money to Habitat for Humanity.

Wednesday, 11/16: BYOP – Bring Your Own Popcorn!, 7:00 p.m.

Students will watch a well-known movie that presents the effects of homelessness on a community. A short discussion will follow.

Friday, 11/18: Canned Coordinators, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Volunteers will assist the Second Harvest Food Bank in sorting through non-perishable foods that will later be delivered to families in need.

The observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week underscores Cedar Crest College’s commitment to community service. Last year, Cedar Crest students volunteered more than 24,900 hours of community service throughout the Lehigh Valley area. For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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