Students organize Universities Fighting World Hunger


By: Aurelia Spaulding

Western Kentucky University senior Andria Keating started organizing a campus group for Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) after hearing about the program at a conference in the spring of 2011.

“A women named Janet Mullins showed a video on Universities Fighting World Hunger during her speech where a group from Auburn raised money to start a school in Ghana,” Keating said. “I really fell in love with some of the things they said.”

Keating, who is Dietetics major from Owensboro, KY, began organizing other students in the Family and Consumer Sciences program over the summer. Since then, more than 50 students, many of them from Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society, participate in the WKU student group of Universities Fighting World Hunger.

One of the activities that the students are working on is planning a feeding program for the Barren River Area Safe Space. The BRASS shelter is known for housing women and families who have encountered domestic violence. UFWH will have someone visit the shelter to teach the women how to cook for themselves, budget with their diet, and how to prepare healthy snacks for the kids.

“We are grateful for the extra assistance in meal preparation in the shelter.  The nutrition groups with the residents will be beneficial as they work towards improving health and eating habits,” said Lee Alcott, Executive Director of Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc.

In addition, Universities Fighting World Hunger organized a food drive with Greek sororities and fraternities and residence halls this November to support BRASS, HOTEL INC, and Salvation Army.

“I don’t want people to think that we just do things for an international reach. I want them to realize that there are things going on in our community. There are homeless people in our own community,” Keating said.

pres and viceUFWH plans to have a Getting Wasted project and Hunger March to add to the food drive during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13-19). Getting Wasted will take place on Monday, November 14th to raise awareness to the amount of food wasted each day. The student group members will keep track of the food thrown away in the university’s food court that day. At the same time, they will also be handing out information as part of the Think Outside the Box awareness fair for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week.

On Wednesday, November 16th, students will meet at Egypt parking lot at 9:00am for the Hunger March. The group will have t-shirts and hold signs as they walk through WKU’s campus to Bowling Green City Hall. At 10:00am, Mayor Joe Denning will sign a proclamation for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness.

“I think that it (food) is something that a lot of students take for granted, and maybe this will help open their eyes and make them more aware.”



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