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Hunger Action Month 


Hunger Action Month is our effort to have a conversation with our campus community about what people in our neighborhoods are facing in regards to food insecurity and hunger. Once we know what people are struggling with, we will start to talk about what we can do to get involved and to make a difference. Making the world bright, and putting food on the tables of everyone in this place we all call home, takes ALL of us!

November 2021 Events

Faculty Chat
Join us for a chat with a Faculty Expert! This month we will be featuring Dr. Michael Gillespie, Professor from Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, to talk about his research! We will be learning about food insecurity and hunger issues that our EIU students are facing, and how can we do something to make a difference. His presentation will be followed by questions and answers, and then we will have a chance to tour the brand new EIU Campus Food Pantry! View a video of this presentation here.

Food Demo
We are partnering with the Health Education Resource Center for an event on how to prepare meals safely in your residence hall! They will be using food that is available through the EIU Campus Food Pantry. They will share tips and tricks on using the microwave and preparing a balance meal! Join us on Tuesday, November 16th  at 11am in McAfee 2210. Register here.

Dirty’s Fundraising Night
Tired of figuring out what you are going to have for dinner? Join us on Wednesday, November 17th from 5-8 PM at Dirty’s Bar and Grill for a tasty meal, AND make a difference for the local food pantries, including the EIU Campus Food Pantry. If you mention the give back event, Dirty’s will donate 15% back to our food pantries! Good food, good cause!

Coin Wars
This is a great way to engage your entire campus department in making a difference in the lives of students on our campus! For every dollar donated, we can purchase $10 worth of food. All the money raised will be donated back to the EIU Campus Food Pantry where we serve over 100 EIU students each month! Also the department that donates the most money will be rewarded with donuts from Revival City Donuts! If you are interested in having your department participate please email Anna at:

Huddle Up Against Hunger
We are thrilled to partner with Athletics again this year to host a canned food drive to benefit local pantries, including the EIU Campus Food Pantry! This is a competition to see which EIU athletic team can bring in the most pounds of non perishable food items! All of the donations will go to support people right here in our community!

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Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Eastern Illinois University
MLK Jr. Union 3rd Floor
Charleston, IL 61920

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