Auburn University to host fifth annual University Hunger Summit

Auburn University will host representatives from more than 20 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada for its fifth annual University Hunger Summit, Feb. 26-28 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The theme of the 2010 conference, “Mobilizing to Feed a Hungry World,” reflects an ongoing and expanding initiative known as the War on Hunger that began more than five years ago at Auburn in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme. Involvement now circles the globe to include more than 130 colleges and universities as part of Universities Fighting World Hunger.

Headlining the summit will be former Wall Street Journal reporter Roger Thurow, co-author of “Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty”; Ann Tutwiler, coordinator of the Global Food Security Initiative, Office of the Secretary, USDA; Kishore Mandhyan, deputy director, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations; Alastair Summerlee, president and vice chancellor, University of Guelph in Canada; Tony Hall, executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger, former U.S. congressman and former ambassador to the UN Missions in Rome; and Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and author of “All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?”

In addition to the college and university students, faculty and administrators who will attend the summit, representatives from government, corporate and non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, will be on hand to participate in discussions on many aspects of hunger both in the United States and in other parts of the world. NGOs participating include Bread for the World, Stop Hunger Now, The Foods Resources Bank, Share Our Strength and the East Alabama Food Bank. Participating corporations include Sodexo Inc. and Elanco Animal Health.

Experts will guide discussions on topics such as the status of hunger in America; examples of programs that serve as models for success; how to influence public policy; and emergency preparedness in light of the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.

A series of speakers, panels, graduate student research posters, exhibits and one-on-one interactions will be used to inform and inspire summit participants to join the fight against domestic and world hunger.

On Saturday, finalists for the Clinton Hunger Leadership Award will be introduced and the second annual winner announced. Finalists are students with a demonstrated commitment to learning and to service.

The cost of the conference is $100 which covers all meals from Friday evening through Sunday noon. To register, go to www.universitiesfightingworldhunger.org. For additional information, contact Harriet Giles or Jayne Kucera at 844-3790.

Contact: Harriet Giles, (334) 844-3241 (gileshw@auburn.edu), or
Charles Martin, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu)