Auburn University hosting fourth annual University Hunger Summit

AUBURN – Auburn University, on behalf of Universities Fighting World Hunger, will host the fourth annual University Hunger Summit at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, Feb. 27-March 1.

Partnered with the United Nation’s World Food Programme, Universities Fighting World Hunger is a coalition of more than 80 higher education institutions around the globe committed to implementing short-term grassroots approaches and long-term academic solutions to ending hunger.

The theme for the weekend conference is “Ending Hunger…Yes We Can!” Among the attendees will be university students, faculty and administrators, as well as hunger activists from around the country.

Summit highlights include keynote addresses by Congressman Spencer Bachus of Alabama; Jonathan Blum, Vice Chairman and President, Yum! Brands; and Alan Jury, Director of U.S. Relations, United Nations World Food Programme. The summit will also feature award-winning student initiatives focused on developing high-impact solutions to ending hunger and poverty; a panel of domestic and international humanitarian aid professionals; models for implementing and maintaining a grassroots student hunger initiative; disciplinary approaches to ending hunger; and journalistic techniques for conveying a hunger message.

Lead sponsor for the summit is Yum! Brands. Yum!, the world’s largest restaurant company, is the parent organization of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken. The company recently pledged to raise and donate $80 million over the next five years to help the World Food Programme and other agencies provide 200 million meals for hungry school children in the developing world. Co-sponsors are the Alliance to End Hunger, the World Food Programme and Auburn University.

Conference registration is $100 and includes all meals from Friday evening through Sunday lunch. For more information, including a schedule of events and an online registration form, go to http://www.universitiesfightingworldhunger.org/2009summit.

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