This week, students can attempt to live off of five dollars for 24 hours, get free hot dogs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and try to solve world hunger through the activities and fundraisers for TCU’s 29th annual Hunger Week, a university official said.
The Rev. Jeremy Albers, associate chaplain of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, said the goal of Hunger Week was to help create hunger awareness locally, nationally and globally.
The Rev. Angela Kaufman, minister to the university, wrote in an email that too many people live having to choose between basic necessities like food, clothes or shelter. Food, and basic nutrition in general, are significant necessities in life, and spreading the word about those who can’t afford this is what really causes a change, she wrote.
Hunger Week began Monday with Kanstruction, in which 12 teams competed to build the most creative structure solely out of canned goods.
Also on Monday, Disciples On Campus handed out free peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the Founders Statue, Albers said.
On Tuesday, the $5 Challenge Kick-Off Cook-Out will have participants try to live off of just five dollars for one day of meals. The cookout will have games and prizes and will urge the education of hunger awareness as well, according to a flier.
Albers said that on Thursday, Hunger Week will partner with PetCo for Dollars for Dogs, another fundraiser that distributes free hot dogs with information to students.
Albers said he enjoyed being able to connect people to ways that they can be part of the solution and to help them get passionate about an important cause.
Cash, canned food, Campus Cash and Frog Bucks are all acceptable donations during the week, and all of the proceeds will go to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Albers said. He said Campus Cash and Frog Bucks donations have made a difference because students have these options available more often than actual cash.
Senior theatre major Katie Caruso, who volunteers during Hunger Week, said that just one dollar can give four people a full meal.
Kaufman provided information that since the start of Hunger Week 29 years ago, more than $600,000 has been raised by TCU students and faculty. Last year alone, more than 12,000 pounds of cans were donated to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
A modification to the week is the involvement of more campus athletics, Caruso said.
On Saturday, End Hunger in the End Zones will be held at the TCU football Spring Game, which will advocate hunger awareness during the scrimmage, Caruso said.
Albers said he hoped this week will help those who are in need.
“If we pull our resources and our creativity together, we can cause real change for people,” he said.
The 29th Annual TCU Hunger Week benefitting the Tarrant Area Food Bank
Make can, cash, Campus Cash and Frog Bucks donations at hunger tables in the Brown-Lupton University Union and Library Commons 11 a.m.-2 p.m. daily
Interfaith Hunger Vigil at Frog Fountain
8 p.m. Wednesday
A prayerful remembrance of those affected by hunger and poverty.
The New Sustainability: Save the Planet, Change the World and Keep Your Paycheck with keynote speaker Robert Egger, founder of DC Central Kitchen
Lecture: 5 p.m. Thursday, reception: 6 p.m. Thursday at Smith Hall
Service-Learning Opportunities with the Tarrant Area Food Bank and Meals on Wheels
5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday with TAFB
10:30 a.m.&-12:30 p.m. Friday with MOW
Register at https://orgsync.com/forms/show/29704
Home Runs to Fight Hunger
TCU Baseball, Lupton Stadium
6:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. Stephen F. Austin
6:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m Saturday vs Air Force
For more information or questions email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit hunger.tcu.edu, search on Facebook or call 817-257-7830.