Traveling exhibit aims to educate students about world hunger

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Traveling exhibit aims to educate students about world hunger

HungerU at Cornell University
HungerU at Cornell University

UNL students will have an opportunity to learn about one of the most pressing global challenges their generation will be charged with solving as the HungerU Tour comes to campus: world hunger.

Hunger and malnutrition are responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other cause. Even in the United States, one in six Americans goes to bed hungry at night. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to top 9 billion.

The HungerU Tour is coming to UNL Oct. 16-17 to encourage conversation about how tomorrow’s leaders can join the fight to end world hunger. The interactive, mobile exhibit will be at the East Campus, first turnaround in the East Campus Mall Loop on Oct. 16 and on the City Campus at the Nebraska City Union Plaza Oct. 17.

The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days to encourage students to learn about the global hunger challenge and solutions for feeding the world. By building awareness of the hunger issue and the critical role modern agriculture plays by putting food on our tables, HungerU will engage students in the ongoing hunger crisis and encourage them to take action in their communities to meet the growing demand for safe, nutritious and affordable food.

“In the next 50 years, we will need to produce more food than over the past 10,000 years combined, with fewer resources than before,” said Margie Alsbrook, director of operations for the nonprofit Farm Journal Foundation and HungerU. “HungerU is about creating a greater understanding for agriculture and the food system, and more open conversations about how to alleviate the growing hunger crisis.”

The HungerU Fall 2014 Tour kicked off at the University of Utah and will continue to five states over the next two months. To date, the exhibit has been to 62 universities throughout the United States. To learn more about the growing hunger issue and the platform to make a difference, those interested can visit and take the HungerU Challenge or become part of the discussion at #HungerCantWait.

HungerU is a special project of the Farm Journal Foundation’s Farmers Feeding the World effort made possible by support from the foundation’s sponsors including DuPont. HungerU enlists students to join in the conversation about global hunger issues and the critical role of modern agriculture. The HungerU Tour travels to university campuses, engaging students in the ongoing hunger crisis and empowering them to take action in their communities.

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