Rutgers University—Students Act for Change
Oct 04, 2013
The HungerU Crew was greatly inspired by the students at Rutgers University and their desire to act for change. For the first time on our Fall Tour, HungerU had the unique chance to work with student organizations on campus near our exhibit at Rutgers. These organizations included Rutgers Against Hunger, Rutgers University Alternative Breaks
and the Student Volunteer Council.
These programs allow students to develop a sense for community outreach and service in order to create a generation of students who are volunteer-oriented and committed to positive social change. It was great to have these student organizations nearby to direct students who visited with the HungerU Crew and wanted to do more about the global hunger crisis to tangible positive actions from these groups. A direct action point that satisfies the need to help others in such a desperate situation is key, and the students at Rutgers University have these at their fingertips.
Throughout the day I spoke with several students about their connection to hunger. Some hadn’t experienced it firsthand, but had witnessed it other places, like Lorenza Jerez, who is from the Dominican Republic. She shared with me that on her most recent family trip to the Dominican Republic, she and her family went on a tour. Before the tour, the tour director asked them if they would like to purchase candy for the neighborhood children, and then told them not to be alarmed when the children come running after the tour bus.
Confused, Lorenza got on the tour bus and was shocked when dozens of naked children began chasing after the tour bus as they entered the village, but became even more shocked when the people on the tour bus threw candy at them. She said, "It was like being in a horrible parade," when recalling the situation. She shared that she did not agree with tossing candy at children, but would have rather bought sandwiches to actually feed the hungry children. It is this kind of logic that will help our generation be part of the solution to the world hunger crisis. Thank you Lorenza, for your desire to act for change against world hunger.
The HungerU Crew can’t wait to meet many more inspiring students on our tour stops to come because we know that it will take a united front to make a ripple of change against the global hunger crisis. How will you make a positive difference?