The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, suffer from chronic undernourishment*. Students at Fort Valley State University will have the opportunity to learn more about how they can be a part of the global hunger solution when the HungerU mobile educational exhibit comes to campus Nov. 16-17.
The exhibit will set up in the rear parking lot of the C.W. Pettigrew Center and open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
As part of the HungerU Tour, the exhibit visits college campuses to not only encourage students about basic action steps they can take to #MakeHungerExtinct, but also to engage in peer-to-peer dialogue about the critical role that modern agriculture plays every day in putting food on our tables.
The exhibit encourages students to participate in a short eight-question quiz where they test their knowledge on basic facts regarding food security. For every challenge taken, HU donates a meal to a hungry person in need through local partnerships on campus like food pantries. Students engage in question and answer opportunities, discussions and, of course, have some fun where they can win free stuff. They may also kiss HungerU’s mascot, TREX!
“Students, the leaders of tomorrow, will need to work together to feed more people than all of the generations that have come before them,” said Maddie Skellie, HungerU’s tour manager. “HungerU inspires students to take action to solve hunger, even in their own communities.”
Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., extension administrator for FVSU, is very excited about the HungerU mobile unit visiting campus. He says it will give the general student body as well as students in agriculture an opportunity to see what is taking place in the world of agriculture away from FVSU. Latimore added that the exhibit would help emphasize the importance of getting a college education at FVSU, and show students the challenges facing food production and worldwide hunger. “To have this exhibit on campus is unique, rewarding and an opportunity boost for us in agriculture,” Latimore said.
To learn more about the growing hunger issue and the platform to make a difference, visit http://www.HungerU.com and take the HungerU Challenge. Or join the discussion at #HungerUTour.
For additional details, contact the Department of Agricultural Communications, (478) 825-6345