A Roll Tide Experience
Nov 06, 2013
-- By Malorie Bankhead, HungerU Crew
I grew up in dance classes instead of on sports teams, but I always tried to follow along whenever my dad watched football on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. In high school I played in the band at football games on Friday nights, and in college I kept up with my green and gold spirit.
At our 17th HungerU tour stop, we came across a kind of school spirit I have never seen before. Of course, I had heard of this famous war cry before, but I had never experienced it first-hand, and it was great! Roll Tide! The HungerU exhibit visited the University of Alabama (more commonly referred to as just Bama, I learned) on November 6.
This week was a little different for our tour schedule. We literally couldn’t be on campus Thursday or Friday because of the preparation for their football game against rival LSU that Saturday. From a personal standpoint though, it would have been awesome to witness; I’m glad the HungerU crew got to experience just a small piece of ‘Roll Tide’!
We had excellent conversations with students all day at the HungerU exhibit, and we even got to visit with a whole class that came out to the trailer on the importance of community service as it relates to becoming a part of the solution to the hunger crisis. Throughout the day, as I spoke with more students, I discovered that ‘Roll Tide’ doesn’t just apply to football for these individuals, it’s an inward passion that exists all over campus and the community.
One event on campus that stood out to me, and that I was glad a lot of students were aware of and already planning to participate in, is put on by one of our host groups on campus called the Community Service Center. The event is a hunger banquet that will take place on November 19. The hunger banquet will teach students the importance of being aware of the hunger crisis in the world by allowing them to experience food insecurity first-hand and teaching them about world hunger issues. I haven’t been able to attend one myself, but you can read more about how my teammate Mallory felt when she participated in a hunger banquet three years ago here.
The way the banquet works is each student who participates receives a ticket telling them what social class they will be in for the evening. Students receive one of the following: a three-course, catered meal sitting at a nicely set table; a mediocre meal sitting in a chair; or rice and beans sitting on the floor. This helps highlight the difference economic status can make in feeling food insecure or very food secure. Knowing what it may feel like to lack confidence in where your next meal will come from proves a powerful point when learning about hunger. The HungerU crew wishes UA students the best for their upcoming event!
Another student who visited us gave the HungerU crew a tangible way to participate in the Tuscaloosa community that evening. The Secret Meals for Hungry Kids program was hosting a fundraiser at the local Buffalo Wild Wings where 20% of your tab would go toward the program. We enjoy learning more about community efforts in the fight against hunger, like the Secret Meals for Hungry Kids program that helps provide children with food for the weekends when they aren’t in school, and making a small impact ourselves.
In the end, whether it’s ‘Roll Tide’ or another war cry, it’s important to keep your passion in the fight against hunger alive! We can all make a small difference that will help add to the ripple effect. What will your contribution be?