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HungerU Tour Highlights Hunger Issue at University Campuses

September 22, 2013
By: Farmers Feeding The World, Farmers Feeding the World

The HungerU Tour mobile exhibit rolls across the country this fall, hitting more than 15 college campuses and the National FFA Convention.

The HungerU tour is headed down the East Coast this fall with a fast-paced tour schedule of 16 major colleges and universities. HungerU features a large electronic, interactive mobile exhibit. It is a special project of the Farm Journal Foundation’s Farmers Feeding the World campaign to end world hunger. The tour focuses on educating college students, academia and the general public about the critical role modern agriculture plays in feeding the world.

HungerU embarked on its first tour only a year ago, visiting six universities and the National FFA Convention. Then in the spring this year, HungerU’s second endeavor led it up the West Coast to 10 colleges and universities. Over the course of the two tours, HungerU engaged thousands of students in issues related to modern agriculture and food security.

While the tour is on campus, students have the opportunity to digitally interact with the DuPont Global Food Security Index on tablets, talk about serious issues surrounding food security with their peers and HungerU staff, and play games.

"HungerU makes it easier for students to understand the connection between food security and food production so that they can advocate for a sustainable way to greatly reduce hunger at home and abroad," said Margie Alsbrook, the Farm Journal Foundation director of operations.

HungerU is made possible through support from DuPont Crop Protection, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and donations to the Farmers Feeding the World initiative. That support creates a high-energy experience that not only educates but also moves students to take action. Partnering with Stop Hunger Now and Universities Fighting World Hunger, the tour also engages students in local meal-packaging events. In the next 80 days, tour attendees are expected to produce more than 120,000 meals for people in need.

HungerU also creates opportunities for a deeper level of engagement with issues related to food security and inspires students to become advocates. On select campuses, HungerU hosts Food Forums, which facilitate dialogue among students, faculty and community members, allowing them to delve deeper into the related themes they’ve explored during the day.

Finally, students who sign up to stay in contact with HungerU through text, e-mail and social media receive updates about food and agriculture issues and get connected to become part of the global hunger solution.

hunger u2013 Fall HungerU Tour Schedule

September 23-24 - Penn State University

September 26-27 - West Virginia University

September 30 - October 1 - University of Delaware

October 3-4 - Rutgers University

October 7-8 - University of Maryland

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