Chester County to hold homelessness and hunger awareness events
Homelessness and hunger highlighted
WEST CHESTER Chester County starts its part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on Thursday. The goal of the events is to alert people that such problems occur even in the wealthiest county in the state.
Each day in Chester County, according to county officials, 70,000 people are unable to access enough nutritious food for their needs. More than 600 people receive government homelessness services, and 13,000 children go to bed hungry, according to the county.
On Thursday, community members will be honored for their help in fighting hunger and homelessness, including an 8-year-old who organized a school food drive.
From Friday evening into Saturday morning, students will have a "sleep out" on West Chester University's campus to learn more about and briefly experience homelessness. On Sunday, an interfaith prayer vigil will be held in Coatesville.
- Michaelle Bond