Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 23 the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will provide insight into ways the community can help aid others. In Philadelphia, the Bethesda Project — an organization that provides shelter, care and programs to help chronically homeless men and women — is providing the week with numerous events throughout the City of Philadelphia and its surrounding regions. To commemorate the week, not only will businesses run charitable events, but buildings in Center City and street lights along the Avenue of the Arts will be tinted blue.
Participating businesses and events:
Whole Foods Market (929 South St.) will host Nickels for Nonprofits and Feed 4 More programs during the week and through December. Shoppers are encouraged to donate their five-cent reusable bag refund and purchase a $10 bag of selected food. All proceeds throughout the range of the event will go directly to the Bethesda Project.
A Philly morning favorite — Schmear It Bagel cart, will donate 3 percent of each bagel sold from Nov. 9 through Nov. 23 to the Bethesda Project. This cart is in numerous areas daily; its schedule can be found online.
Quoted by USA Today as one of the "Great Places for Chinese Dining," Yangming Restaurant (1051 Conestoga Rd.) in Bryn Mawr is supporting Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week by serving a special cocktail for which half of the proceeds will benefit the Bethesda Project.
Witness a cooking competition and feast on culinary creations for a good cause as the Bethesda Project holds its Sweet & Savory: Battle Against Hunger gala at the International House (3701 Chestnut St.) on Monday, Nov. 17 and starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and a complimentary drink is included.
Following Bethesda's Sweet & Savory event, individuals will get to witness the film "Perserverance with Dignity," a documentary about street homelessness in Philadelphia.