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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2023


Attention Bobcats! Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is back and will be happening from Nov. 11 - Nov. 18! Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to show show support to the victims of poverty, hunger, and homelessness as the holidays approach. In order to help these areas of need there will be a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.

Thanks to the collaboration between the Community Engagement Center and Basic Needs, this year UC Merced will be one of the +700 colleges, high schools, and groups showing support. 

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Get Involved Today!

  • Canned Food Drive

    Kick-off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week by donating can foods to the Merced County Community Action Agency. The Community Engagement Center is the designated drop-off location and we will be happy to collect your can food and non-perishable items from Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM. Bring in 4 can items and receive a CEC shirt. @KL 190.

  • Empty Bowl Project & Trivia Night

    Students will have the opportunity to hear from UC Merced chefs about up cycling food, participate in a brief Trivia, and paint a bowl for one hour of service. The Empty Bowl Project will benefit the Merced County Community Action Agency in its efforts to raise money for the D St. Shelter. However, space for this event is limited, and registration is required. If you are interested in participating, please use the form below!

    Click HERE to register if the form above is not working.

  • Social Media Campaign

    Hey Bobcats! Check out our Basic Needs and Community Engagement Center Instagram pages to learn more about how hunger and homelessness affect our communities!

  • Care Cats

    Attention Bobcats! This opportunity will be rescheduled for Spring 2024. For this opportunity you will be able to ake a care kit with Residence Education! All kits will benefit those affected at the D St. Shelter. More info coming soon!

    Click HERE to register if the form above is not working.

  • USDA Food Distribution

    USDA's food distribution programs strengthen the nutrition safety net through the distribution of USDA Foods and other nutrition assistance to children, low-income families, emergency feeding programs, Indian reservations, and the elderly. To register as a volunteer, use the link below!