Committee of 19 plans first Hunger Forum at Auburn University for Nov. 17

Published: November 10, 2016
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The Committee of 19, Auburn University’s flagship chapter of the student-led Universities Fighting World Hunger, will present its first Hunger Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in room 2222/2223 of the Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum will focus on the role of various community institutions in the fight against domestic hunger. Junior Adam Brasher, Committee of 19 president, will serve as moderator.

A panel of speakers representing the university, local business, local government and the faith community will share their perspectives on hunger and poverty issues. There will be time for questions from audience members.

The forum is designed to raise awareness for those in Lee County who are in need and to spark a flow of new ideas on how to solve these pressing issues.

Panelists will be Lynda Tremaine, Auburn City Council member and former elementary school principal; Jimmy Wright, owner of Wright’s Market in Opelika; Paula Hunker, director of strategy and policy at Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute; Johnny Green, Auburn’s assistant vice president of outreach and pastor of Cross Road Baptist Church in Auburn; and Joel Tumwebaze, doctoral student in nutrition at Auburn.

Auburn University first partnered with the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian agency, in 2004 to establish a War on Hunger campaign for the Auburn campus. Two years later, Auburn formed Universities Fighting World Hunger to develop the campaign on campuses around the world. More than 300 colleges and universities worldwide have since joined the fight against hunger and malnutrition at home and abroad.

In 2014, Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute developed Presidents United to Solve Hunger, or PUSH, to bring university presidents and top administrators together to address the global issue of hunger and malnutrition. Nearly 80 university presidents from around the world have signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security, solidifying their commitment to making food security a priority.