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According to the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, 45% of college students are food insecure. 

In Marion County alone, 18% of our residents are food insecure—the national average is 14%. Many students are affected by this issue as the Early Resource Connections Center consistently supplies students in need with food cards. On Tuesday, November 19th, we will host a food insecurity documentary viewing and discussion; and on Friday, November 22nd, we will host a community symposium with a targeted audience of community stakeholders. There will be issue experts on hand to help facilitate both discussions. Students will be able to deepen comprehension of the issues by discussing elements of food insecurity, asking questions of experts, and critically thinking to offer solutions.

Roundtable lunch will be served. 


Our vision is to decrease the frequency of food insecurity and housing instability experiences that Ivy Tech Community College students face.


Our mission is to raise awareness of the food insecurity and housing instability problems within the Ivy Tech Central Indiana Nine-County Service Area through education and providing resources.

Event Schedule

Poverty Simulation
Wednesday, November 13 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | IFC 101 | Food will be served

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Objective: Students will be able to synthesize new understandings around the issues of hunger and homelessness by role playing a life of poverty during a poverty simulation activity.

Food Insecurity Documentary and Discussion
Tuesday, November 19  | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | IFC 102 | Food will be served

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Eviction Documentary and Discussion
Wednesday, November 20 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | NMC 428 | Food will be served

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Objective: Students will be able to deepen comprehension of the issues by discussing elements of the hunger and eviction crisis during the documentary viewing events.

Becoming a Homeowner with Habitat for Humanity
Thursday, November 21 | 3:00 PM | IFC 101

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Symposium – Open to public
Friday, November 22 | 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM | NMC 438 |

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Objective: Gain a deeper understanding of food insecurity and housing instability issues at the Hunger and Homelessness Symposium, November 22, 2019. This symposium is comprised of 6-8 panel experts who are knowledgeable in the areas of food insecurity and housing instability including:

Expert Panel Members - Food Insecurity
Jessica Fraser, Director of Indiana Institute for Working Families
Kate Howe, Managing Director for Indy Hunger  
Shellye Suttles, PhD. Assistant Research Scientist for Indiana University Ostrom Workshop
John Elliott, President/CEO of Gleaners Food Bank 
Expert Panel Members - Housing Instability
Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, Executive Director of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention
Monica Lunderman, Asset Manager for Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation
Chase Haller, Housing Attorney for Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
Judge Brenda Roper, Center Township Small Claims Court