Third annual Hunger Awareness Week kicks off at Auburn University Oct. 12

The Committee of 19, Auburn University’s leadership team for the War on Hunger, has designated Oct. 12-16 as Hunger Awareness Week at Auburn University. This annual event highlights the plight of the one billion chronically hungry people throughout the developing world and draws attention to the needs of individuals and families in the local community.

Events begin on Monday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. with the Student Government Association’s 16th annual Beat Bama Food Drive. For more information, go to http://www.beatbamafooddrive.com.

The “End Hunger Bash” on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sigma Chi House will benefit the East Alabama Food Bank. Sponsored by Victoria’s Secret Pink in conjunction with the Committee of 19 and Sigma Chi Fraternity, this event will feature free food, live music by Earnest Goes to Jazz and Auburn’s Next Top Grill Master’s competition. Attendees should bring a minimum of two non-perishable items. Spirit points will be awarded. The winner of the grill master’s competition will be announced at the Auburn vs. Kentucky football game.

On Wednesday the coordinator of the Auburn Community Garden, Michael Mulvaney, will present “Local Food Security and the Community Garden” at 3 p.m. in 244 Spidle Hall. Other Wednesday activities include the Black Student Union’s “Stomp Out Hunger” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the patio of the Student Center; and the “Buy Tie-Dye and Say Goodbye to Hunger” $5 T-shirt sale in the lobby of Spidle Hall, which will run through Friday.

Auburn will join universities across the globe in recognition of World Food Day on Friday, Oct. 16. The College of Agriculture will simulcast the 26th Annual World Food Day Teleconference from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 204 Comer Hall. The theme of this year’s presentation is “Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis.” In addition, representatives from the Women’s Resource Center will sponsor “Line Up. Stand Up. Speak Up Against Hunger: A Women’s Issue” on the Haley Center Concourse from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Throughout the week, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Web site FreeRice at www.freerice.com and play one or more of the site’s educational multiple-choice games. For each correct answer, 10 grains of rice will be donated to the World Food Programme to help feed a hungry person in the developing world. The Committee of 19 challenges everyone to set a goal of earning 19,200 grains of rice – enough to feed a hungry person for one day.

Local restaurants participating in Auburn’s Hunger Awareness Week are Chick-fil-A on Magnolia Street, which will give patrons a sandwich in exchange for five cans of food on Tuesday; Bizilia’s on College Street, which will donate a portion of its signed sales receipts all day on Wednesday; and Moe’s on Magnolia Street, which will contribute a portion of its signed sales receipts from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Auburn University’s War on Hunger is a partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme. It has given rise to the creation of Universities Fighting World Hunger, an alliance of more than 100 institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad.

Contact: Harriet Giles, (334) 844-3241 (gileshw@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)