A dozen or more Kansas University students will sleep outside this weekend, panhandle and eat in soup kitchens.
KU Concerned, Aware, and Active Students (CAAS), part of the Center for Community Outreach, is sponsoring activities for Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month on campus, including an urban plunge -- a chance to spend 48 hours on the street, homeless.
"It's really powerful and kind of an eye-opener," Corey Snyder, one of the project coordinators, said.
A dozen or more KU students will be dropped off for the weekend in Kansas City or Wichita with a list of emergency phone numbers, a rendezvous time and advice on what to wear and how to blend in. Students will get first-hand experience and find out what the community offers for the less fortunate.
Michael Stoop, field coordinator for National Coalition for the Homeless, has run such programs for the last 15 years and will help coordinate the first plunge at KU.
On Nov. 17, CAAS and Ecumenical Christian Ministries will put on the fifth annual Hunger Banquet at the church, 1204 Oread.
"The hunger banquet tries to show the unequal distribution of food throughout the world," Snyder said. Everyone eats, but not equally. A few are served a huge meal, others eat a simple meal, while still others receive only rice and water.
Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month on campus coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 16-22. For more information, call 864-4073.
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