Did you know? According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments 2010 annual report to Congress, each night there are approximately 770,000 people in the United States who are homeless. The US Department of Education reports that there are an additional 700,000 children without a place to call home and how go to bed hungry nightly.
National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (November 10 – 18) is a national endeavor to promote education, action, and awareness about hunger and homelessness. Civic and Non-Secular organizations within Queen Anne’s County that provide supportive services as well as meals and food supplies have joined forces to help sponsor events highlighting the growing plight of hunger and homelessness.
Tuesday, October 23 during their regularly-scheduled meeting the Board of County Commissioners, Queen Anne’s County issued a Proclamation declaring November 10 – 18, 2012 as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Queen Anne’s County.
Donations of food and toiletry items will be collected at the Department of Community Services located at the Kramer Center, 144 Powell Street in Centreville, the Department of Social Services on 125 Comet Drive in Centreville, and Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church at 931 Love Point Road in Stevensville.
The week will kick off on Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Abundant Life Restoration Center, 1003 Hayden Road in Centreville with a Movie on Homelessness. This movie hits hard when the father of a middle class family loses his job and the family home is set to be foreclosed upon at Christmas. The ending will leave you riveted in your seats. Please bring a non-perishable food or toiletry item as the price of admission.
Kent Island Library in Stevensville is presenting Magic Candle Stories: Homes, on Monday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. This program is geared towards kindergarten through 5th grade students. There will be 45 minutes of stories and creative activities. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food bank during Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week.
Queen Anne’s County employees are collecting non-perishable food items and toiletry items during the week-long event. In addition, Character Counts! mentor and mentee worked together to provide fliers and posters advertising Queen Anne’s County’s contributions to the National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. Students of Kennard Elementary School taped a sequence for QACTV highlighting facts and figures on homelessness and hunger in Queen Anne’s County.
Please support these efforts and help to make Queen Anne’s County’s First Annual Hunger and Homeless event a success!