Auction aims to alleviate hunger and homelessness in New Haven

Student and faculty members of the health and medicine programs at Yale will again join forces this month to raise awareness and money for the hungry and homeless in Greater New Haven.

The 21st annual Hunger & Homelessness Auction will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Edward S. Harkness Hall ballroom and Marigolds Lounge on Cedar Street. The silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the live auction at 6 p.m.

Students at the Schools of Medicine and Public Health who were interested in alleviating hunger and homelessness in the Greater New Haven area established the auction in 1993. The whimsical donations — ranging from a weekly supply of baked goods throughout the spring semester to lessons on how to drive a stick shift — are sold to the highest bidder during both live and silent auctions.

Last year, the auction raised over $25,000 to benefit local organizations with community-focused initiatives that address an unmet social need, both through funded programs as well as policy advocacy.

The organizers welcome volunteers and donations. For more information, visit the Hunger & Homelessness Auction website.