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  • How to Get Involved on World Food Day

    World Food Day, established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1979, is a day to take action and tell the world that hunger still exists. Each year takes on a different theme, and this year’s is sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition! But, what does that even mean?

    No matter where you are on the earth, someone around you is suffering from food insecurity. One in eight people suffer from not having enough food or the inability to access it. Production of staple foods needs to increase by 60 percent in order to keep up with the growing population. A food system is how we grow, process, sell, and eat our food. So, by creating sustainable food systems, we can increase the amount of food while at the same time utilizing every resource.

    So, how can YOU be involved?

    Tweet us a picture saying why you care about hunger to @WhyCare_ and hashtag #WFD2013! And check out the World Food Day 2013 website to learn about different ways to engage your family and community in the fight to end world hunger, such as arranging a food drive, planting a garden, or hosing a World Food Day meal! Ending world hunger starts with YOU! What will you do?

     

    Source: http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/

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  • Penny for Thought

    We love highlighting organizations making a difference in the world, and are honored to introduce Penny for Thought to the UFWH family. Here’s a little about it from the words of its founder, Jennifer Ward”

     

    Penny for Thought is a volunteer and donation program that was adopted by St Jude’s Women’s Auxiliary.  It began with the mission to provide life’s necessities to children in need, but has evolved into much more.

    St Jude’s Women’s Auxiliary is Las Vegas’ oldest volunteer-only nonprofit organization.  Founded in 1967, our members are the daughters and granddaughters of our founding women.

    We receive a lot of our donations from the airport and hotels lost and found.  We try to be as green as possible.  In doing so, we ere selected to be a  part of First Friday’s Green Street.

    • We distribute items donated to local  school children who are homeless or at risk.
    • We donate all eye glasses to the blind center to reuse frames.
    • Hotel keys and credit cards are repurposed into guitar picks.
    • Old shoes are donated to Horses for Heroes to repurpose into basketball courts in inner cities.
    • Dress clothing is given to students going to job interviews.
    • Formal wear and jewelry is saved for the Las Vegas Prom Closet and Cinderella Prom.
    • Blankets and hoodies are saved for at risk high school students.
    • Food items are distributed to schools and NV Youth Homeless Alliance.
    • Old blankets and towels go to the Animal Foundation.
    • Crutches and walkers are donated to local nursing homes

    The rest of the items are sold at our store, The Good Buy Shop.  The store is located at 1717 E Charleston in Las Vegas.  All monies are donated to local children’s charities at the end of the year.  This year, donations we made to Positively Kids, Nevada Homeless Alliance, and Three Square.

    We have an event called Junk In The Trunk with University Methodist Church at the end of semesters at UNLV where students clean out their dorms and apartments instead of throwing it in dumpsters and costing UNLV a fortune.  A thesis was done on the amount of waste every semester.  It is staggering!  All donations are then redistributed to local at risk schools.

    Right now we are hosting Wash Away Your Sins.  We are asking the community to come together and gather their excess hotel toiletries.  We have 6,500 homeless kids going back to school.  We would like to be able to put on toiletry bag in each backpack that Title One HOPE will be providing to the students.

    We are also part of One Run, held on September 14 at Town Square Mall on Las Vegas Boulevard.

    We will be hosting our 2nd annual Making Change event at First Friday on Nevada Day, November 1.  All coins collected will be used to purchase food for CCDS Title One HOPE students.

    We work with the National PTA Urban Family Engagement Network, hosting training to parents on their rights and responsibilities through local PTA.

    We are currently working with the City of Las Vegas and other civic minded individuals to build the Mayor’s Faith Initiative.  The youth initiative is developing a platform called The Spot.  We are working to join the faith communities with CCSD mentorship programs and PTA’s by meeting the students where they are at with mentoring and tutoring opportunities, civic beautification, games, gardening and refreshments.  We would like to provide opportunities for our students on school campuses or nearby houses of worship.

     

    This post was provided by Jennifer Ward.
    Thank you, Jennifer, for giving UFWH members many new ideas to help fight hunger!

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  • Changing the Meaning of “A Day Off”

    For the third year, North Carolina Campus Compact is providing funding to colleges and universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia to engage in service activities on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The 2014 MLK Day of Service is January 20th.  NC Campus Compact is a sub-grantee of Wisconsin Campus Compact through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

    In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, officially designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service to honor King’s dreams of nonviolence and social justice. The goal of the service day is to make the holiday “a day ON not a day off,” where people of all ages and backgrounds join together to improve their communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service is the designated federal agency that provides funding to support the MLK Day of Service.

    NC Campus Compact, a coalition of colleges and universities, builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and to strengthen communities. NC Campus Compact is a member of national campus compact which has over 1,100 members and 35 state offices.

    Since 2011, NC Campus Compact has provided over $25,000 in mini-grants to 33 campuses in 10 southern states to mobilize over 8200 volunteers to complete 337 service projects on the 2012 and 2013 MLK Day of Service. Between 2008-2011 , NC Campus Compact managed a $300,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, along with five other national grantees, to support the MLK Day of  Service 2009-2011. Through this grant, NC Campus Compact engaged over 56,000 volunteers from campuses representing 38 states plus the District of Columbia.

    Campuses who are interested in funding for the 2014 MLK Day of Service must submit an online application by September 13th at midnight. Grantees will be announced the week of September 16th.  Click here to learn more and submit an application.

     

     

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  • “Power for Life” Project

    The “Power for Life” initiative addresses what may be the single biggest obstacle to development: the absence of electricity. Most attempts to reduce hunger and poverty assume that electricity is not available – in sub-Sahara Africa 95% of rural farmers does not have it.

    The Hunger Solutions Institute taps into resources from the Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) network to identify and connect innovations, research and proven solutions to the people, communities, and organizations fighting hunger every day across the world. Since Auburn is in partnership with the United Nation’s World Food Programme (which deploys nearly 15,000 staff in more than 75 countries), the institute can also use this widely available resource to field-test solutions.

    This creates a quick-learning loop – from academic research to real-life proof of concept. With faculty, staff and partners that range from think tanks such as the Milken Institute; NGOs such as Women’s Campaign International and Stop Hunger Now; and international organizations such as the World Economic Forum, HSI can create multi-sector partnerships to quickly move innovative concepts into true sustainable solutions.

    The HSI approach is completely different: we will deliver breakthrough clean, renewable biomass heat and electrical power technology at the community level, with a special emphasis on women who bear a disproportionate burden for generating energy for their families. This will enable the application of modern technology from community food storage to computers in village schools, and to dramatically improve food security, nutrition, health, and education without waiting another generation – or more – for governments to provide access to a national electrical grid.

    Affordable community-level electricity is a transformative intervention: in the same way that extensive adoption of cell phones has bypassed landlines in developing countries, this technology can power Africa – community by community. Implementing partners include WFP, WCI, and 100X, an NGO that works with women farmers in 9 countries, including Malwai, where President Banda is a big supporter of the project.

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  • Advancing Hunger Knowledge

    Uncovering Innovations
    The Hunger Solutions Institute seeks to identify promising technologies, research, and innovations that have potential to be tested, implemented, and scaled through one of the Institute’s implementing partners. This includes research and related work done by faculty as well as students. The Power for Life project, which brings a proven innovative power and heat generation technology to developing countries, is one example. Another is a student high nutrition product made out of purple hull peas, which is currently in development.

    Programs and Practices
    Faculty and students at Auburn University, under the auspices of the HSI, are currently undertaking a qualitative research project, systematically analyzing a decade of documentation about the World Food Programme’s emergency response. This will result in independently evaluated data that WFP will use to quantify lessons learned and deploy these best practices to improve future emergency responses.

    Sharing Knowledge
    The HSI is currently working on a Hunger Knowledge Portal that will be a universally accessed repository for resources, information, best practices, and information to help academics, practitioners, and students advance knowledge in the fight against hunger.

    Providing Fellows and Internships
    The HSI facilitates student internships at partner organizations, such as WFP and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help students pursue a career in development and humanitarian work. A graduate level fellowship program, involving opportunities with the UN agencies, will be launched in 2013.

    Promoting Teaching, Research, and Outreach
    Through the College of Human Sciences, the HSI offers one of the nation’s only undergraduate minors in hunger studies. The multi-disciplinary curriculum encourages students to examine hunger as a complex issue of sustainable human development while fostering competencies in the areas of leadership, advocacy, and global citizenship. The introductory hunger studies course, Hunger: Causes, Consequences, and Responses, is delivered via distance education as well as on campus. In addition, a Hunger Awareness Certificate is available in an independent study format through the Auburn University Office of Professional and Continuing Education.

    As part of its mission, the HSI is bringing together faculty from a diverse array of disciplines and academic institutions to conduct research and advance innovation in the creation of dynamic 21st century sustainable solutions to ending hunger. These projects are designed to address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity with a current focus on issues related to enhanced technologies, empowerment of women, access to education, and community development.

    Increasingly, universities are being called upon to use their many talents to address the global challenges that affect the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities both domestically and globally. The HSI’s service mandate is one of full engagement with both the public and private sectors. Ending Child Hunger in Alabama, a seven-year campaign launched by the HSI in fall 2012, is a prime example of how the Hunger Solutions Institute is creating multi-stakeholder partnerships and networks that can work toward mutual advantage and strengthen the expertise needed for long-term resolution to hunger and food insecurity.

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  • Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear

    Ambrose Redmoon

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Global Food For Thought

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public—and influencing the public discourse—on global issues of the day. The Council provides a forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers, and other experts to speak to its members and the public on these issues. Long known for its public opinion surveys of American views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities, global security, and global immigration.

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News from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes the UN Security Council’s recognition of conflict as a major cause of famine, and the call to enhance longer-term recovery and resilience of conflict-affected countries.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 10:00 pm
Amid rising violence and displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 7.7 million people face acute hunger - a 30 percent increase over the last year, FAO and WFP warned today in a new report.
Posted: August 13, 2017, 10:00 pm
Supporting herders to get back on their feet and preventing further livestock losses and suffering are crucial in drought-hit Ethiopia where hunger has been on the rise this year,warned today FAO.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 10:00 pm
Global food prices rose for the third consecutive month in July, driven mainly by higher cereal, sugar and dairy quotations.
Posted: August 1, 2017, 10:00 pm

WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

PESHAWAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Directorate of Health Services in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, has formally launched a programme to prevent stunting in the Kurram Agency of FATA. Stunting occurs when a child’s growth and development is impaired from poor nutrition. The effort aims to prevent chronic malnutrition in children under five years of age as well as in pregnant women and nursing mothers. In the Kurram Agency, stunting rates stand at 57.6 percent, which is alarmingly high and well above the global average.
Author: WFP
Posted: August 18, 2017, 9:06 am
Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley
Author: WFP
Posted: August 18, 2017, 7:06 am
DHAKA – A new study has shown that consuming fortified rice can significantly reduce anaemia and zinc deficiencies among the poorest women in Bangladesh. Conducted by the research centre icddr,b and on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the study measured the impact of providing rice enriched with micronutrients to women participating in the Government’s Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme. The study also found that fortified rice, when combined with training and cash grants for investment, can also contribute to women’s empowerment.
Author: WFP
Posted: August 17, 2017, 10:57 am
N’DJAMENA ── The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes Ja-pan’s contribution of US$2.6 million (Yen 300 million) to provide food assistance to 177,000 vulnerable people in Chad’s Sahel region, many of whom are uncertain where their next meal will come from.
Author: WFP
Posted: August 17, 2017, 10:15 am