Miami University events for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Photo of bowls.Miami University’s Oxford and Middletown campuses are celebrating Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 12-19) with events sponsored by the office of community engagement and service.

The events during the week include:

Pledge-A-Meal, Nov. 13–19, Oxford campus

Students can pledge a meal at any dining hall location by telling a cashier. Since 1999, the program has raised thousands of dollars for local organizations combating hunger and homelessness and last year raised almost $4,500. Proceeds from the event go to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry and the Oxford Homeless Coalition.

Change for Change, Nov. 14-18, Johnston Hall information desk, Middletown campus.

Stop by and place your change in a jar. Proceeds go to the Family Service of Middletown Choice Market.

Care Express: Hygiene Drive, Nov. 14-16, Johnston Hall, Middletown campus.

Donate new/unused hygiene items to Hope House Rescue Mission.

Public Board, Nov. 14-18, Johnston Hall, Middletown campus.

Stop by and speak out about the issues and effects of hunger, homelessness and poverty.

Quilt Display — A quilt commissioned by local resident Virginia Rhodes and consisting of patches created by students, faculty and staff during the 2014 and 2015 celebrations will hang in Miami Middletown’s Hawk Haven during the month of November.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Oxford Empty Bowls, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center. For more information, see story online.

Monday, Nov. 14

C.O.P.E. (Cost of Poverty Experience) Simulation, 1-3:30 p.m., 142 Johnston Hall, Middletown campus.

The Cost of Poverty Experience is a simulation that offers participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in our community. It also shows the role that the broader community plays in their interactions with underresourced families.

The event is free, but there is limited seating. To participate, sign up online. Co-sponsored by S.E.R.V.E. (Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Efforts).

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Coffee Hour: Community Panel, 1-2 p.m., Verity Lodge, Middletown campus.

Guest speaker Doug Dunlap of City Gospel Mission leads a panel of community members who have experienced the struggles of hunger, homelessness and poverty. The discussion will represent different causes of poverty and address how some local organizations are helping individuals alleviate their poverty.

The event is free, but there is limited seating. To participate, sign up online. Co-sponsored by S.E.R.V.E. 

Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, 6-7 p.m., Pavilion, Armstrong Student Center, Oxford campus.

Habitat for Humanity Food Drive, 7 p.m. 32 Shideler Hall, Oxford campus.

The student organization will collect canned food items during their meeting.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Info Fair: Community Providers, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Johnston Hall hallway, Middetown campus.

Receive information about local resources combating hunger, homelessness and poverty.

Friday, Nov. 18

Poverty Solutions Tour, 2-4:30 p.m., Triple Moon Coffee Co., 1100 Central Ave., Middletown.

Participants will divide into two tour groups to visit local community providers. After the tour, participants will return to Triple Moon Coffee Co. for free coffee and conversation about the experience.

The event is free, but there are limited spots available. To participate, sign up online. Co-sponsored by S.E.R.V.E. 

For more information about Oxford events, contact Jessie Weasner at For more information about Middletown events, contact Crystal Ford at 513-727-3339 or