Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month

This year Hunger/Homeless awareness week is November 16—20. As the holidays approach, we must take time to reflect what we are thankful for. Many individuals choose to donate their time, attention, and resources to others. In that spirit of giving, each year the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness sponsor Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week during the week prior to Thanksgiving.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is designed to educate the public, draw attention to the problem of poverty, and build up the base of volunteers and supporters for local anti-poverty agencies. Groups spend this week generating publicity about hunger and homelessness and holding a series of events to engage their communities.

This amazing event was first held at Villanova University in 1975. This year, more than 700 colleges, high schools, and community groups across the country come together during this week to raise awareness about the pressing issues of hunger and homelessness.

This year North Central Texas College Awareness Team, Student Government Association and the National Society of Leadership and Success will come together to feed NCTC across all campuses.

A food drive & donation collection has been slated for November 11—24, 2020.

Collection Boxes will be at check-in areas of all NCTC Campuses. See the list of needed items below or you may make an online monetary donation. This can be done anonymously.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Food Drive: Items Needed

Granola Bars
Peanut Butter Crackers
Cheese Crackers
Fruit Snacks
4 oz Fruit Cups
Boxes of Raisins
3 oz Bags of Cookies
3 oz bags of Cheese Nips
Vienna Sausages
Beef Ravioli
7.5 oz Oatmeal Packages
Jiff-To-Go 3 (1.5 oz)
Macaroni & cheese
Pasta Sauce
Tomato Products
Beef Stew
Canned Tuna
Canned Chicken
Dry Pasta
2 lb. Bag of Sugar
2 lb. Bag of Flour
Soup (no broth)
Jiff Granola Bars

Item Drop Off Locations

Look for boxes that are labeled Food Drive!

  • Gainesville — 100 Bldg
  • Corinth —  3rd floor Dean Suite
  • Exchange FSB —  Check in Station
  • Flower Mound — Check in Station
  • Graham — Check in Station
Additional resources can be found at Counseling & Community Resources.
Texas Homeless Stats and Start a Food Drive

Food Pantry at a Glance in Denton County

North County

Asbury Relief Ministry (ARM) Food Pantry
Check for operating hours | 117 Hercules Lane, Denton | (940) 387-6487

Denton Community Food Center
1:00 - 3:00 PM M & W | 306 N. Loop 288, Ste. 400, Denton

Feed My Sheep Food Pantry
10:00 a.m. - noon M & W | (Button Memorial UMC) 101 W. Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm | (214) 546-8753

First Refuge Ministries
Denton location - 9:00 AM - Noon M; 1:00 - 4:00 PM; 6:00-8:00 PM Th | 1701 Broadway Street, Denton

Sanger location - 1:00 - 4:00 PM M; 9:00 AM - NOON Th | 713 S. 5th Street, Sanger |

Freedom House Pantry/The Shepherd’s Hand Food Pantry
1:00 - 4:00 PM M-F | 1123 Fort Worth Drive, Denton | (940) 808-1016

Hope Food & Clothing Ministry
9:00 - 11:00 AM Third Sat of the Month | 819 Sherman Drive, Aubrey | (940) 218-5615

The Hope Center
5:00-6:00 p.m. M-F | 312 W. McKinney Street, Denton (Cross Timbers Church)

Little Elm Area Food Bank
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM M; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Th; 9:00 AM - NOON F; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Third Sat | 501 Bill Street, Little Elm

Our Daily Bread
10:00 AM - NOON M-F | 300 W. Oak Street, Denton | (940) 566-1308

Salvation Army Denton Corps Food Pantry
1:00 PM - 3:45 PM W & F | 1508 East McKinney Street, Denton | (940) 566-3800

The Shepherd's Storehouse
8:30 AM - NOON M, W, F | 1189 South Hwy 377, Pilot Point | (940) 686-2620

Singing Oaks Church of Christ
3:00 - 5:00 PM T & Th | 101 Cardinal Drive, Denton | (940) 387-4355

Vision Ministries
12:30 - 4:00 PM M-TH | (Denton Bible Church) 626 Wainwright St, Denton

South County

Argyle Food Bank
9:00 AM - NOON M | (First Baptist Church Argyle) 414 N Hwy 377, Argyle | (940) 464-7224

Christian Community Action (CCA)
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM M-TH | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM F | 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM SAT | 200 South Mill Street, Lewisville

Heart of the City Lewisville Farmers Market Food Pantry
3:00 - 6:00 PM TU, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM TH, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM SAT | 2021 N. Mill St., Lewisville | (972) 824-6171

Lake Cities Community Food Pantry
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TU & TH | (Lake Cities UMC) 300 E. Hundley, Lake Dallas | (940) 321-6100

Metrocrest Services
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM M-F, 9:00 AM - 1 PM SAT | 13801 Hutton Drive, Ste. 150, Farmers Branch

NTX Community Food Pantry
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM M & W, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM TH | 5201 S. Colony Blvd., #650, The Colony | (469) 514-9065

Westside Baptist Church
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM First & Third Saturday every month | NTFB Mobile Pantry | 900 Bellaire Blvd., Lewisville | (972) 221-5668

7 Facts About Hunger and Homelessness You Should Know

Hungry child hiding their face in their arms

As the weather starts to cool and the season changes to fall, we are very aware that the challenges that 2020 have presented will impact people with low incomes at a far greater rate than other populations.

Looking forward to National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 15-22, 2020), we present the following 7 facts about hunger and homelessness, as well as steps you can take to help.

More than 54 million Americans may experience food insecurity in 2020.

Food insecurity affects every county and congressional district in the country, according to Feeding America. Learn more about food insecurity (and food banks) in your community by exploring data from Feeding America’s interactive map.

Source: Feeding America

18 million children are experiencing food insecurity

Children from families struggling with hunger are more likely to repeat a grade in ele-mentary school, experience developmental impairments, and have more social and behavioral problems, according to Feeding America, a nonprofit that addresses hunger in the U.S.

Rural communities have higher rates of hunger than metropolitan communities (16.5% compared to 13.5%)

As Feeding America notes, hunger is more prevalent in rural areas for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to higher unemployment and underemployment rates, lower levels of education, and less access to work support services, such as flexible and affordable child care and public transportation.

Source: Food Research & Action Center

Homeless man sitting on a bench
Photo credit: “Homeless and cold” by Flickr user Ed Yourdon

Being homeless could take up to 30 years off your life

Homeless people have an average life expectancy of 50 years of age, while most people can expect to live to 78. This short life expectancy is tragic but not necessarily surprising, given that people who are homeless are more likely to get sick, struggle with mental health and/or substance abuse, and are often victims of violence.
Every year on the longest night of the year, cities nationwide mourn the loss of people who died on the street in their communities.

Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness

You could fill five football stadiums with the homeless population of the U.S

At least 567,715 people were homeless on a given night in January of 2019 in the U.S., according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) annual Point-in-Time (PIT) 2019 count.

While the PIT count does not fully capture the state of homelessness in the country, it offers an important snapshot that helps direct resources.

Source: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Homeless Child Crying
Photo credit: Fairuz Othman

Every year 2.5 million children experience homelessness. That’s almost the entire population of Chicago.

One in every 30 children experiences homelessness every year in the U.S. Children are homeless in every city and state nationwide.

Source: American Institutes For Research

Anyone could be at risk of homelessness.

While hundreds of thousands struggle with homelessness, millions more are living paycheck to paycheck and at risk of becoming homeless. One unexpected event, like a car breaking down, can put them on the street.

Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness