Twenty student groups participated in the Cardboard City program during Hunger and Homelessness Week this past fall to raise money for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania. The event requires teams to build homes using only cardboard and duct tape and then live in the structures for twenty-four hours. Team members typically take shifts inhabiting their “homes.”
This year’s participants benefited from unseasonably warm temperatures for November, but sleeping conditions were still a far cry from a warm bed in a residence hall.
“The wind was probably the worst part,” said Jeremy Stonesifer, a sophomore communication major who stayed in his cardboard home through the event. “This really offers a new perspective. There are people out there who you may not personally know, but you know they’re dealing with hunger and homelessness and fighting to survive. This makes you want to help them even more.”