Handwriting by Marisa Mangum
At The Little Market, our mission is to support dignified job opportunities for individuals in marginalized communities all over the world. By ethically sourcing and purchasing artisan-made goods, we support sustainable income opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future. A core part of our mission is to raise awareness for social justice issues, such as poverty and homelessness, and share avenues in which our readers can use their voices and actions to help others. This week, we are recognizing Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Every year before Thanksgiving, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness join forces to lead and sponsor Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. This event is dedicated to raising awareness about homelessness, hunger, and poverty as well as organizing supporters to help break the cycle of poverty in local communities.
In 2018, more than 40 years since the event was first held, over 700 high schools, colleges, and community organizations are using their voices to bring attention to these social justice issues.
Behind the Numbers
Read below to learn more about the statistics behind hunger and homelessness.
- Globally, around 795 million people do not have sufficient food to eat.
- Approximately 767 million people around the world are living on $1.90 or less.
- One in every five children — more than 15 million children — in the United States live in poverty as of 2016.
- Forty million people are facing hunger in the United States, according to Feeding America.
- There were around 550,000 people experiencing homelessness on a given night in the United States in January 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- It was estimated that at least 150 million people around the world are experiencing homelessness and around 1.6 billion people may not have sufficient housing, based on national reports.
How We Can Help
There are several ways each one of us can do our part to break the cycles of hunger and homelessness. Here are a few ideas below. We’d love to hear how you get involved, so please let us know in the comments below.
- Host or participate in an awareness campaign within your local community to help educate your neighbors and spread the world.
- Lead a clothing and food drive, and donate items to your local food banks and shelters.
- Volunteer with community organizations.
- Give a voice to those who do not have the same luxury and listen to their stories. Advocate for them.
- Shop consciously and for products made following fair trade principles. When shopping for fair trade products, you can trust that the artisans, farmworkers, and producers are paid fair and livable wages.
- Stay educated on the latest issues and share what you’ve learned with others.
Please join us in raising awareness about hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Thank you for supporting marginalized communities and joining in our mission.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week – About Us
Facts About Poverty and Hunger in America
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Press Release
YaleGlobal Online – As Cities Grow Worldwide, So Do the Numbers of Homelesss