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Join the Office of Campus Ministry in participating in the annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 12-18, 2023.


Prayer for Hunger & Homelessness Week: Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world, who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.

—­Blessed Pope Paul VI

Hunger & Homelessness Week Spiritual Challenge: I will express my gratitude to God for the food I receive through his providence by praying before and after every meal. I will not waste food, taking only what I need, remembering those who go without.


Campus Ministry offers 12 weekly recurring service opportunities, as well as multiple monthly and one-off service activities. Please see below for opportunities to serve those experiencing food scarcity and homelessness during this week of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness.

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    Homeless Food Runs

    Sunday, November 12, 2023 | 1:30 - 4:00 PM, The Cellar

    Meet students, faculty, and staff at The Cellar (bottom floor of The House in Caldwell Hall) at 1:30 pm to make sandwiches before departing at 2:30 pm to bring food to those in need in our community.

    You are welcome to come make sandwiches even if you are unable to go give them out. Please RSVP on The Nest to secure a spot in the van. For questions or accommodations, please email

  • Fr. McKenna Center 

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 7 - 9 AM, The Cellar

    Come serve breakfast to men experiencing homelessness at the McKenna Center! Please arrive at the Cellar by 7:00am. Wear close-toed shoes and long pants. We will travel to the McKenna Center together and return by 9:00am. Please RSVP on The Nest. For questions or accommodations, please email

  • Thanksgiving Meal Bag Packing

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 6 - 8 PM, Pryz Great Room A

    Join Campus Ministry for an on-campus service project of packing bags of food for Cardinal Cupboard and CUA Community patrons to use for their Thanksgiving day meals. Please RSVP on The Nest. For questions or accommodations, please email
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    Sacred Heart Dinners

    Friday, November 17, 2023 | 2:45 - 5:30 PM, The Cellar

    Volunteer at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart! There students, faculty, and staff help to prepare hot meals and serve those experiencing food insecurity. Come build community and give back to our neighbors! 

    Meet at The Cellar (bottom floor of The House in Caldwell Hall) at 2:45pm, and we will take a van to the Shrine. Reserve your spot in the van on The Nest. For questions or accommodations, please email

  • Volunteer at the Cardinal Cupboard

    Monday November 13 - Friday November 17 | Between 12 - 6 PM, Przybyla 107F

    Volunteer at the Cardinal Cupboard for an hour or more during Hunger or Homelessness Awareness week. The Cardinal Cupboard is Catholic U's food pantry, which provides non-perishable food items to any member of the university community that is experiencing food insecurity. Contact to find a time to serve or for questions and accommodations.


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    CUA on Tap: Dorothy Day, A Eucharistic Life

    Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 7 - 9 PM, Caldwell Auditorium 

    Presentation by Kevin Ahern, postulator for Dorothy Day’s cause for sainthood. A fast-talking storyteller, Kevin will share stories from Dorothy’s life, as well as what it is like to promote her cause for sainthood. Kevin even recently discovered a note from Mother Teresa to Dorothy Day in one of her books! Come hear more about this and how Servant of God Dorothy Day’s devotion to the Eucharist inspired her love and care for the poor. 

    Please RSVP on The Nest. For questions or accommodations please email

The Church's Response to Hunger and Homelessness

Hunger: Learning About Food Insecurity

What is Food Insecurity? 

Food insecurity has been defined as inconsistent or uncertain access to adequate and nutritious food.

Signs of food insecurity include one or more of the following:

  • Skipping meals because of financial restrictions.
  • Stretching a single meal to last all day.
  • Always having to buy cheap, non-nutritious food.
  • Choosing between buying food and other financial obligations.
  • Experiencing anxiety or uncertainty about food availability.

How can you help? 

Participate in any of the following ways listed on this page.

Homelessness: Learning About Housing Insecurity

What is Homelessness?

The definition of those who are experiencing homelessness includes:

  • An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, such as those living in emergency shelters, transitional housing, or places not meant for habitation, or
  • An individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence (within 14 days), provided that no subsequent housing has been identified and the individual/family lacks support networks or resources needed to obtain housing, or
  • Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children and youth who qualify under other Federal statutes, such as the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, have not had a lease or ownership interest in a housing unit in the last 60 or more days, have had two or more moves in the last 60 days, and who are likely to continue to be unstably housed because of disability or multiple barriers to employment, or
  • An individual or family who is fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, has no other residence, and lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing


How can you help?

Participate in any of the following ways listed on this page.



Buy One, Give One

November - December 2023 |  Pryzbyla Food Court

During the month of November and December in the Pryzbyla Food Court, when you purchase X item, you have the option to purchase a second matching item as a donation to the Cardinal Cupboard as part of a "Season's Givings" Campaign.  For questions or accommodations please email