Officials with San Antonio nonprofit Close to Home and city leaders recently urged local residents to take part in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week programs Nov. 11-18.

Close to Home held a Nov. 11 press conference at City Hall, highlighting Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, an annual nationwide initiative. Official local events include those listed below.

Daily lunch at Christian Assistance Ministry

Individuals experiencing homelessness may receive a sack lunch. Neither requirements nor documents are needed.

Haven for Hope’s open house

Unsheltered individuals may come see services provided at the downtown shelter and receive items that will help them prepare for the winter.

Corazon San Antonio open house

Community members may tour the nonprofit’s downtown headquarters, and learn more about the organization’s services and programs that help unsheltered individuals.

  • Nov. 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Free admission
  • 230 E. Travis St., San Antonio
  • 210-226-8341.

Walk and Talk with Street2Feet

Street2Feet, a wellness program for individuals experiencing homelessness in San Antonio, will give community members a chance to take part in a short walk, jog or walk, and learn more about the nonprofit’s services.

  • Nov. 18, 7:30-8:45 a.m.
  • Free admission
  • Garcia Park, 1200 N. Frio St., San Antonio

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at the press conference, each year during the week before Thanksgiving, hundreds of partner groups and agencies nationwide hold events to bring awareness and attention to the issues of hunger and homelessness in America.

“In San Antonio, we have built an effective and compassionate homeless response system, which is actively working to serve some 8,000 individuals who experience homelessness annually,” Nirenberg said.