Campus frats team up with HungerU
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 02:10
This past week the Farm Journal Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending world hunger, brought the HungerU initiative to campus to spread awareness about hunger and agriculture. The group set up a mobile interactive exhibit between Drake Hall and Colburn Hall Sept. 30 through Oct. 1 to spread awareness of the global hunger crisis to the university’s students.
“Our goal is to engage in conversation,” said HungerU crewmember Malorie Bankhead.
“We want to bring hunger to the forefront of students’ minds because we know that without awareness we can’t begin to fight an issue, and the global hunger crisis is something that needs to be addressed now.”
One in seven people worldwide are hungry, and although the United States is the most food secure, according to the Food Security Index, one in six Americans still go hungry every day.
“Hunger is something you see everywhere,” said Mallory Weber, another crewmember. “Every country you go to, every state, it’s there.”
The Food Security Index measures the affordability, availability, quality and safety of food in 107 countries worldwide, ranking the Congo as the least food secure.
Interactive screens presenting information from the Food Security Index were on display at the HungerU exhibit last Monday and Tuesday. Students and anyone who happened to walk by could learn about the food security of any one of the 107 countries included in the research by exploring the index’s website and clicking on the screens. Bankhead, Weber and another crewmember, Camren Gerner, were stationed there to answer questions about agriculture and the global hunger crisis in order to generate an interest in this issue the world is facing in the hopes that it would lead to action.
“We are the foundation—awareness, talking about it,” Gerner said.
Introducing students on college campuses to the hunger crisis, discussing it with them, getting them to talk about it with each other and spreading awareness are the initial steps to inciting people to get involved in eliminating the hunger crisis, the three crewmembers said.
All three crewmembers focused specifically on creating a “ripple effect.” They said this is what the HungerU exhibit is all about. The efforts of a single person, once noticed by other people, can cause a “ripple effect” as more and more people get involved, Benkhead said.