November 9, 2009

Students Work to Raise Awareness About Hunger and Homelessness

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week at Sonoma State University sheds light on a portion of the population that is too often invisible with a series of lectures and opportunities to positively impact the lives of others.

Starting on Mon., Nov. 16, the student group Join Us in Making Progress (JUMP) hosts a series of lectures and community service opportunities. The group will partner with the California State University Employee's Union to conduct a campus-wide canned food drive. All donations will go to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County's largest hunger-relief organization.

The events include:

Monday Nov. 16 - Hope for Hunger and Homelessness in Sonoma County : Sociology Professor Sheila Katz heads a panel discussion about the state of hunger and homelessness in Sonoma County, and recent developments in state and national policy. Panel members include participants, volunteers, and staff from local human services organizations: Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Catholic Charities Family Support Center, and Salvation Army. 7- 8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Student Union.

Wednesday Nov. 18 - Volunteer at Redwood Empire Foodbank: Students sort, pack and distribute food at the Redwood Empire Foodbank in Santa Rosa.

Thursday Nov. 19 - Thanksgiving Dinner and Kids Fair: Students serve a Thanksgiving dinner at 5 p.m. and hold a Thanksgiving-themed Kids Fair with arts and crafts projects at 6:30 p.m. at the Family Support Center in Santa Rosa.

Friday Nov. 20 - Serve dinner at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco: Students help serve dinner to clients at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.

For more information about these and other related JUMP events, phone (707) 664-4277 or visit

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057