Thinking Outside the Box for Hunger Awareness
Oct 15, 2013
Monday night the quad beneath the clock tower at Queens University of Charlotte was lined with cars, cardboard boxes and people who care. Our tenth stop marked the half-way point of the fall 2013 HungerU Tour, and Queens University of Charlotte made it an unforgettable experience.
The HungerU Crew set up our exhibit on campus Monday morning in drizzly weather, but the welcome from people on campus made our visit worthwhile. Sunday evening, when we dropped the exhibit off on campus, we learned of an event taking place the following night. An organization on campus, Build For Cause, had paired up with the Queens University Center for Active Citizenship to host an event called Sleeping For Cause. Students could RSVP to spend the night either in their car or a make-shift cardboard box shelter, all while collecting non-perishable food to bring awareness to hunger and homelessness. This is thinking outside the box.
The HungerU Crew came back to campus at 10 p.m. to help judge the decoration contest as part of the Sleep For Cause event! We were able to judge the participants on how well they had 1.) decorated their space and 2.) displayed facts about hunger and homelessness on their vehicles or cardboard boxes. We also interacted with students and had our HungerU spin wheel out for the time that we were there. The final count of food collected was over 2,000 items weighing in over 1,500 pounds! That is impressive! Way to go Queens University of Charlotte!
The HungerU Crew also got to meet a very special person on campus: Chef Roberto Mendoza. Chef Roberto was recognized last week by a group of Latin American Ambassadors for his efforts in feeding children who are hungry, both in the United States and in Latin America.
In speaking to Queens University’s Executive Chef, his passion for service is clearly contagious. Every Friday, Chef Roberto brings the unused food from his cafeteria at the university to local food shelters. Twice a month, he brings the unused food to local elementary schools to feed the "little ones" as he so lovingly describes them.
Chef Roberto, who is from El Salvador, also shares his passion for feeding hungry people in Latin America. He donates his time and money to help those in need of meals, because he says he wants to share the blessings that have been placed upon him in life. It was a true pleasure to meet the chef who has sprinkled "Thanks for not wasting food!" signs around the university cafeteria and who shares his passion for feeding people with everyone around him.
The HungerU Crew is continually inspired by on-campus efforts to take positive action against the world hunger crisis. We know that we cannot solve the hunger crisis alone, but together we can make a difference!