Concord University's Bonner Scholars Holding Hunger & Homeless Awareness Events During April

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 04 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s Bonner Scholars are observing a Hunger & Homeless Awareness month during April. Events are planned throughout the month.

On April 9 the Concord Bonner Scholars will be partnering with the Bluefield College Bonner Leaders to host an OXFAM Hunger Banquet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Concord United Methodist Church in Athens. The purpose of the dinner is to raise awareness about issues of hunger and poverty according to Bonner Coordinator Shardé Hardy.

“Participants will be assigned to one of three income levels (lower, middle, or upper) based on the most recent statistics about the number of people living in poverty. They will have the opportunity to take on the roles of real people from around the world thus leaving the dinner with a new perspective on some of the root causes of poverty,” Hardy said. This event is for Bonner Scholars and Leaders only.

A “brown bag” lunch discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. in Concord’s Bonner House. Participants are encouraged to pack their lunch and join the group for a short video and discussion of issues surrounding poverty.

A Share Our Strength Great American Bake Sale will be held on Thursday, April 12 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and on Friday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lower level of the Student Center. Hardy said the sale is an effort to raise awareness and funds to fight against childhood hunger.

“According to Share Our Strength, 1 in 5 children in America (that is more than 16 million children) don’t know where their next meal will come from,” she said. “Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to stop by the downstairs of the Student Center and purchase homemade baked goods. All proceeds will go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. The campaign seeks to provide leadership, raise awareness, and advocate for change ensuring no kid in America ever goes hungry.”

The Bonner Scholars annual Box City event will be held on the Bonner House lawn from 8 a.m. on Friday, April 27 to 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 28.
“Box City helps to raise awareness for the issue of homelessness and serves as a fundraiser for Scottie’s Place, a wilderness camp for homeless children located near Peterstown, W.Va.,” Hardy said. “For this event, campus organizations or groups of students are asked to team together and spend 24 hours living in a box.

“In order to participate, each group must donate a minimum of $20 to Scottie’s Place as a ‘registration fee’ for each box. Only one individual from each group needs to be in the box at any one time; therefore, individuals are encouraged to take shifts to accommodate people’s schedules and keep the box occupied for the entire 24 hours,” she said.

For additional information on Hunger & Homeless Awareness activities contact Hardy at 304-384-6080 or


Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.