Auburn University students to lead 60-mile march to Montgomery for hunger awareness

AUBURN – On March 27, a group of Auburn students and other concerned citizens will embark on a three-day, 60-mile hunger march from the Auburn University campus to the steps of the state capitol in Montgomery to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and poverty both in Alabama and around the world. This will be the second hunger march to Montgomery organized by the Auburn University Committee of 19.

Marchers will begin on Saturday, March 27, at 8 a.m. and walk west along Highway 14 in the direction of Tallassee. After staying at Elam Baptist Church in Tallassee on Saturday night and Lakeview Baptist Church outside Montgomery on Sunday night, the students will march the final 10 miles on Monday to the steps of the capitol where they will arrive at 12:30 p.m. A number of politicians, including gubernatorial candidates in the 2010 race, are expected to speak at a rally on the capitol steps.

Auburn University student Emma Keller, president of the Auburn Committee of 19, is working with a planning committee to continue the Hunger March initiative and reflects the commitment of the many students on campus working to alleviate world hunger through the university’s War on Hunger.

“This year we hope to make an even bigger impact with our Hunger March,” said Keller. “Having 100 students all marching for the same cause is truly an incredible experience. It is unacceptable that 1.02 billion people in our world do not have enough food, especially since there is more than enough to go around. One step at a time we are working to end hunger. We have the resources and we know the solutions. It is just a matter of bringing it to the top of everyone’s agenda.”

To learn more about the Hunger March and the partnership between Auburn University and the United Nations World Food Programme, go to www.auburn.edu/hunger.

To sponsor a participant for the Hunger March, call (334) 844-3790. Relay teams are welcome.

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