You Can Make a Big Difference
Oct 11, 2013
- By Camren Gerner, HungerU Crew
Addressing the topic of hunger can lead conversations in a plethora of directions. The most common question is "what can I do?" The good news is, anything within your comfort zone. Whether you’re looking to travel abroad or get involved within your neighborhood, there is always an opportunity. Students at Virginia Tech had lots of great experiences to share.
I spoke with a student who had traveled abroad many times helping with different programs. We spoke of his passion to get involved in a hands-on way. He shared stories of tilapia farms started in villages to create a protein source and successful way to feed the community. He mentioned the techniques his group brought from the United States to teach the people how to grow food to feed themselves.
Another student I spoke with worked with Feeding America and a food bank in her neighborhood outside of Blacksburg, Virginia. Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
She shared with me that ‘Feeding America supplies more than 3 billion pounds of food yearly.’ Understanding the need in her community, this student was inspired to get involved locally and recommended that her friends do the same.
The easiest way to get involved is talk about it. Spread the word and understanding that hunger exists all over the world, including your backyard. We had two separate groups on campus stop by our exhibit with a similar goal in mind, help feed people. One group has a sustainable garden on campus and the other is working to open a food pantry for students on campus.
In sharing our interactions, these two groups now have the opportunity to work together and reach a larger number of individuals. The power of communication is extremely exciting. Keep up the good work!