HungerU Fights to ‘Give Hunger an Expiration Date’

JOSEPH RAVITS | THE SPECTRUM NDSU student Kyle Tasler spins the wheel at the Hunger U booth with the help of volunteer Tracie Schiebel.
JOSEPH RAVITS | THE SPECTRUM
NDSU student Kyle Tasler spins the wheel at the Hunger U booth with the help of volunteer Tracie Schiebel.

HungerU, a traveling tour spreading the message of ending world hunger, made a stop on North Dakota State’s campus last week.

The program parked its high-tech trailer on the corner of Albrecht and Centennial Boulevards Thursday and Friday.

Members of HungerU dedicate their time by connecting with college students and sharing the story of modern agriculture’s role in tackling world hunger.

Using interactive maps and tests, HungerU drew crowds.

The tour is visiting college campuses throughout the country in hopes to spark conversation with students about how today’s farmers are helping feed a hungry world.

“Modern agriculture is the way in which the world eats,” HungerU website said. “And because of abundant natural resources, significant investment in private and public agricultural research and the most advanced agricultural technology in the world, U.S. agriculture is the most important player.”

The program hopes to “educate, discuss and empower,” according to their website, with the intention to “give hunger an expiration date.”

EMILY BEAMAN | THE SPECTRUM
EMILY BEAMAN | THE SPECTRUM

The HungerU tour set up includes an area for students to test their knowledge and read facts on food scarcity and spin a prize wheel. With every completed survey, HungerU donates one meal to a family in another country.

HungerU donates the food through another program called Stop Hunger Now. In collaboration, the programs currently send food to over 65 countries.

“It’s a good eye opener,” Natalie Roth, an NDSU student, said. Roth was one of many who completed the HungerU challenge.

Although their main focus is on global hunger, the program also handles the challenge of feeding people her in the U.S.

A goal is to educate students about how critical modern agriculture is in the role of putting food on tables every day.

The HungerU representatives come from agriculture backgrounds across the U.S. and hope to inspire other agriculture students to get involved in the fight against hunger.

“We have a global focus, but we hit home too,” Tracee Schiebel, a HungerU crew member, said.

The program intends to keep the conversation of food scarcity prevalent in order to keep it an important topic on people’s minds.

Bo/David Williford, another crew member, said he joined the HungerU crew to “make a difference.”

The crew also invites people with an interest in nutrition and marketing to join the HungerU crew’s mission in the fight against world hunger.

If students missed HungerU’s stay at NDSU, crew members said students can still take the challenge on their website and donate a free meal to a hungry family in need.

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