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Hunger and Homelessness


Hunger and Homelessness (H&H) offers volunteer programs that address homelessness and poverty in the Greater Boston Area. H&H is unique in that we offer volunteer commitments both large and small throughout the year - please review our programs below for more information.

Brandeis Be Our Guest (BBOG) In the beginning of each semester volunteers collect unused guest meals from Brandeis students and exchange them to Sodexo for a pound of food per meal that is collected. This food is donated throughout the year on a weekly basis to the Community Day Center of Waltham, a day shelter for those who experience poverty and housing insecurity. Volunteers serve the meal and facilitate discussion with the guests of the shelter. 

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Case Management Program In conjunction with the Brandeis Be Our Guest Program, volunteers may be trained as volunteer case managers. Volunteers who are interested in this program are required to visit the Day Center on a weekly basis. There they will engage the guests and refer them to useful resources and opportunities, such as how to apply for public housing and how to sign up for SNAP.

Brandeis Supper Club This is a volunteer opportunity for students to provide dinner for guests who frequent the Paulist Center in Boston every other Wednesday night.

Halloween for the Hungry Brandeis students trick-or-treat in Waltham on Halloween collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham. Volunteers also help flyer Waltham neighborhoods informing residents of the event prior to Halloween.

Wellness Drive Volunteers go door-to-door in Waltham during the spring to collect hygiene products, personal care items and gently used clothing that we donate to the Middlesex Human Service Agency (Bristol Lodge) in Waltham. Volunteers also help flyer Waltham neighborhoods informing residents of the event prior to the day of the drive.


Greater Boston Food Bank Volunteers spend a weekend afternoon sorting donations at the Greater Boston Food Bank, contributing to the food bank's process of redistribution.

Population Served: Community members actively seeking support, food and shelter from community organizations

Community Partners: The Community Day Center of Walthamthe Greater Boston Food BankBristol LodgeThe Paulist Center BostonThe Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

Transportation: Transportation is provided for every program.

How to Participate: Please join the Hunger and Homelessness listserv to receive regular updates regarding the above opportunities. If you have any questions or comments, we encourage you to email the program’s coordinators at

Volunteer Time Commitment: Depending on the project, volunteer time commitments range from a few hours per month to three hours per week. Our food and clothing drives occur once a semester for the duration of a day, and we visit the Waltham Community Day Center for approximately three hours per week and the Paulist Center for approximately four hours every other week.