AUBURN – Demonstrating its deep commitment to the Auburn University War on Hunger, the Student Government Association has passed a resolution to donate 19 cents per Auburn student on an annual basis to the campus-wide grassroots hunger awareness, relief and advocacy campaign.
“The Student Government Association is pleased to help the War on Hunger in any way possible,” said Matt Jenkins, 2007-08 SGA president. “With Auburn serving as the nation’s flagship university in the War on Hunger, we felt there was no better way to show the students’ support for this cause than by donating 19 cents per student.”
Based on this year’s student enrollment, the total SGA donation is $4,586. The 19 cents per student is in honor of the Committee of 19, the War on Hunger student leadership group, and the 19 cents on average that it has historically taken for the World Food Programme to feed a school child in the developing world.
The War on Hunger Campaign began in 2004 when Auburn was invited by the World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian organization in the world, to be its lead academic partner in a student-led hunger awareness and consciousness-raising effort. Since its inception, Auburn students have been involved in numerous domestic and global hunger awareness and fundraising activities and in 2007 participated in AU’s inaugural Hunger Awareness Week.
In addition, Auburn hosted the first two national university hunger summits in 2006 and 2007, co-hosted the 2008 summit at George Washington University and was the lead university in establishing and launching the national alliance of Universities Fighting World Hunger.
“We are leading the pack in the grassroots student movement against hunger, and we have once again stepped up our game,” said Haley Walker, newly elected president of the AU Committee of 19. “It is so encouraging to see students who really care about what is going on in the world around them.”