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Volume 8 Issue 2   February 2015

 

The Power of Science and Technology: Improving Agriculture, Improving Lives

Jonathan Wadsworth, CGIAR Fund Council

Across the developing world, small-scale farmers face numerous obstacles that limit their productivity, and many cannot grow enough food to feed and nourish their families, much less to sell. They lack access to credit, extension services, technology and inputs such as fertilizer, and their yields are constrained by water scarcity, land degradation, poor soils, and devastating pests and diseases... [READ MORE]

Hunger in D.C.: When Food is Too Far Away, Volunteers Bring Relief

Nada Shawish, Islamic Relief USA

Charles Wynn has two boys, Charles Jr. and Donavan. As a construction worker, his paychecks aren’t always reliable even though he works hard and long hours. Even when he gets paid, buying food for his boys is always a struggle, because there’s no grocery store where he lives in Washington, D.C.—the only nearby options are a convenience store or fast food. Neither one is healthy. Both are expensive... [READ MORE]

Educating Girls, Feeding a Community

Greta Knapp, Counterpart International

Where Maïgawassie Sylvie lives, in Northern Cameroon, school attendance is low, especially among girls.A third of Cameroon’s children under five suffer chronic malnutrition, and widespread poverty force many families to arrange early marriages for their daughters. Maïgawassie, who turned 12 this year, was just one of many girls whose future was in jeopardy..[READ MORE]

Hunger is a Bipartisan Issue

Floyd Hammer, Outreach Inc.

In celebration of Maryland Governor Hogan’s inauguration, over 500 people of all political persuasions set aside their differences, rolled up their sleeves and provided over 100,000 Outreach, Inc. Mac & Cheese meals to feed the hungry in Maryland. This event, on January 25th at the Howard County Community College in Colombia, Maryland, proved that hunger knows no political boundaries and caring people can rally to solve a problem..[READ MORE]

National FFA Challenges Members, State Staff and Hunger Sponsors to Donate 2.5 Million Meals in 2015

Kayla Lumpford-Mitchell, National FFA

In 2014, the National FFA Organization launched the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge as a means of capturing the stories and impacts of FFA chapters across the country on the issues of hunger and food security in local communities.  The call to action was for FFA chapters to donate 1Million meals to impact hunger across the country. Did we reach our goal? 19,420 FFA members volunteered in excess of 170,000 hours to donate over 1.6Million meals. [READ MORE]


#RethinkWorldHunger: Development Can't Be Business as Usual

Mary Kate Costello, The Hunger Project

The global community is at a pivotal moment in history as we aim to eradicate hunger and poverty — in all of their forms — by 2030. Enormous progress has been made over the last two decades, yet there is still the most entrenched poverty and hunger to be eliminated. Smallholder farmers and women continue to be the most hungry and least empowered and governance systems are not always preserving the human rights of the people most in need. [READ MORE]
 

Stop Hunger Now Announces Winner of the 2015 Clinton Hunger Leadership Award

Submitted by Chessney Barrick Pullen, Stop Hunger Now

Maria Rose Belding from American University has been selected as the 2015 President Clinton Hunger Leadership Award winner for her dedication and leadership in the fight against hunger. The cash award is co-sponsored by Stop Hunger Now and NC State University Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS). [READ MORE]
 

You'll be Inspired: Global Food Bankers Share Wisdom in "Power Talks" Videos

Sue Canepa, The Global FoodBanking Nework

In the fight against global hunger, food bankers are on the front lines every day. Please watch these short “Power Talks” videos, meet some of these remarkable individuals and hear what they have to say about the power of food banking to change lives, strengthen communities and make the world a better place. For more information, visit The Global FoodBanking Network.

 

Farm Journal Foundation Launches Nutrition Infographic

Lesly Weber McNitt, Farm Journal Foundation

As the United Nations gears up to adopt a post-2015 development agenda designed to build on its Millennium Development Goals, the year 2015 serves as a reflection point for many of us. We look back, evaluating both achievements and work still to be done to improve the lives of millions, and we peer into the future with hope and renewed commitment. Looking out at our global food system over the next 15 years, one bond that continues to unite us all is our need for safe, affordable and nutritious food to live a quality life. [READ MORE]
 

The Story Behind Universities Fighting World Hunger and the Kansas Hunger Dialogue

Rick McNary, Outreach Inc.

If I would have let fear and doubt consume me- which it was doing a pretty good job of slapping me around- we would never be hosting the 5th Annual Kansas Hunger Dialogue on March 2 & 3 in Wichita, Kansas. In fact, we never would have had the first one. As Paul Harvey would say, here’s the rest of the story. [READ MORE]
 

13th Annual March for Meals Celebrates Meals on Wheels Program Across America and the Seniors they Serve

Jenny Bertolette, Meals on Wheels Association of America

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is counting down the days until the 13th Annual March for Meals – a community-by-community celebration of the Meals on Wheels programs that keep our senior neighbors happier and healthier. The month of March will mobilize local Senior Nutrition Programs across the country to connect with their communities and build the support that will sustain them all year long. [READ MORE].
 

2015 Food Waste and Hunger Summit: Join Us Today!

Linda Kurtz, The Campus Kitchens Project

For the second year in a row, The Campus Kitchens Project and Food Recovery Network are co-hosting the Food Waste & Hunger Summit, a two-day event that convenes student leaders who are pioneering solutions to the interrelated problems of food insecurity and food waste. This year, the Summit will be held at the University of Georgia from April 18-19, and registration opens today. [READ MORE]

 

Upcoming Events:


March 12: Washington, DC
8:30am-3:30pm
Alliance to End Hunger membership and Board Meetings
The Annual Membership Meeting, held in the morning, is open to all members of the Alliance to End Hunger. The board of directors meet in the afternoon. For information on the meetings, contact Jennifer Simpson at jsimpson@alliancetoendhunger.org.

March 18
National Ag Day

Every year, countless organizations spanning multipe sectors--business, non-profits, universities, government agencies, etc.--come together to celebrate all that agriculture has to offer. This year's theme is "A Celebration of Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations." There are many ways to take part, and you can learn more by visiting the website: www.agday.org.

April 18-19, University of Georgia
Food Waste & Hunger Summit -- The Campus Kitchens Project

Co-hosted by several national nonprofit organizations, the Food Waste & Hunger Summit convenes student leaders who are pioneering solutions to the interrelated problems of food insecurity and food waste. The Summit gives students a forum to learn from experts in the fields of social justice, social enterprise, public health, non-profit management and related fields, in addition to sharing best practices in the fight against hunger. To learn more or to apply as a speaker, please visit www.campuskitchens.org/summit.
This newsletter was compiled by Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach at the Alliance to End Hunger. Comments and questions may be directed to nmagrath@alliancetoendhunger.org.
 
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