Thoughts from the HungerU Road
The HungerU Tour is dedicated to connecting with college students and sharing the story of modern ag’s role in tackling world hunger. Here the HungerU Staff will provide updates and thoughts from the road.
Delaware—Awareness then Action
Oct 01, 2013
Our fifth Tour stop at the University of Delaware proved to be one of our most diverse campuses yet. As a crew, we spoke with many different types of students individually, passions and pathways ranging from engineering to environmental horticulture.
The HungerU exhibit found our home on the UD campus for two days, which allowed us to have many conversations with students as they passed by on their way to class. Another awesome reason we loved being in Delaware was because one of our sponsors, DuPont, is headquartered in Wilmington, DE. We very much enjoyed getting to meet some of the DuPont professionals to learn what they do, share stories about our HungerU experience with them and explore the exhibit together.
We are thankful to DuPont for their positive commitment towards fighting the global hunger crisis as they help HungerU fulfill our mission to put an expiration date on hunger by engaging with college students nationwide to foster awareness and inspire action.
Another special thing about our time on the University of Delaware campus was our agriculture fraternity and sorority hosts! Alpha Gamma Rho, Sigma Alpha and Alpha Zeta helped bring HungerU to their campus—something they had wanted to do for a long time. We were happy to help make their dream a realization by coming to campus this past week to speak with students!
One of our goals for the students who visit the HungerU exhibit is that by exploring what we have to offer and by engaging in conversations with us they will be inspired to take positive action against world hunger. This most always begs the question: What can I do to make a difference? That was the million dollar question asked from the students we visited with, and because of a unique relationship we have with an action program, we had a direct answer for them at the University of Delaware. As a hunger awareness program, we work with an action program called Stop Hunger Now.
Their mission is "To end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources," according to stophungernow.org. The University of Delaware, and our hosts, held a meal packaging event Tuesday evening where student volunteers helped package 20,000 meals to send to children experiencing hunger in school programs internationally in a matter of hours. Way to go University of Delaware students! Thank you so much for your dedication and hard work in the fight against hunger.
There are many positive actions we can take against hunger. The first step is making ourselves more aware of the crisis at hand. After all, we can only hope to be a part of the solution to the global hunger crisis if we first seek to understand more about it. That is our job at HungerU. Awareness is key. Action builds success.