Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Gets Personal

November 16, 2016

Every week before Thanksgiving, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is observed as a time to reflect upon what we have and what we are thankful for. It is also a chance for us to reach out to our neighbors and friends who may not be as fortunate. 

This year at Caritas of Austin, we have decided to make this year's National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week one of education and empathy. With the help of our staff, volunteers, donors, and community supporters we are challenging ourselves to not only observe Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, but experience it on a personal level. 

One way that we are doing this is by having our Executive Director, Jo Kathryn Quinn, take the SNAP Food Challenge. This means she will be limited to spend $1.27 on each meal she eats for the next week, which is the average amount a SNAP client spends per meal. Reflecting on this challenge, Jo Kathryn says, "In all fairness to those who face this challenge everyday, I recognize my experience is actually nothing like yours. I can at any point go back to my cushy lifestyle. My hope is to gain insight and abundant empathy that will ultimately translate into real changes for my fellow Americans experiencing poverty and hunger."

We'll also be getting input from Caritas of Austin Case Managers, volunteers, and donors as to why ending hunger and homelessness in America should be a priority. You can join us on this journey by following us on our social media pages, Facebook and Twitter