• Ending Child Hunger in Alabama (ECHA)

    In September 2012, the Hunger Solutions Institute convened a task force of prominent public, non-profit and private sector Alabama leaders to create an implementable plan to significantly reduce child hunger, fight obesity, and improve nutrition in the state. The official campaign launch of ECHA will take place on April 8, 2013 with Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey, campaign spokesperson, issuing the call to action.

    The overarching objective of the campaign is to ensure that Alabama is among the top 25% of the least child food insecure states by 2020. Efforts to reduce child hunger and food insecurity and improve children’s health and well-being will be strengthened by:

    1) the creation of dynamic public-private partnerships;
    2) identification of existing assets that can be linked through cross-organizational collaborations;
    3) determination of incremental benchmarks that will lead to successful outcomes in both the near and long-terms; and
    4) use of federal funds that are at no cost to the state.

    The following five goals and related strategies are at the core of the Ending Child Hunger in Alabama campaign:

    Increase Alabama families’ economic stability
    – Promote savings and asset building for individuals and families
    – Ensure availability and access to jobs that support self-sufficiency
    – Strengthen programs that offset living expenses for low- and fixed-income Alabamians

    Cultivate a strong regional food system
    – Ensure all Alabamians can access healthy, affordable food in their communities
    – Strengthen Alabama’s ability to produce, process, and distribute food in ways that help feed and employ Alabamians

    Improve the food assistance safety net for Alabama’s children
    – Ensure Alabama families can access food assistance when they need it
    – Improve outreach and delivery of food assistance and availability programs
    – Expand healthy food options and nutrition education throughout food assistance and availability programs
    – Streamline and increase capacity of child nutrition programs to provide year-round access both in and out of school settings

    Support community action to increase children’s health and prevent obesity
    – Intentionally connect food security and obesity
    – Facilitate community investment in healthy, livable communities
    – Build social capital to positively impact children’s well-being

    Build public will to end childhood hunger
    – Make child hunger a priority on the public agenda
    – Build partnerships to leverage community resources
    – Lead efforts to establish a common set of outcomes to measure the impact of this work


  • How OneProsper is Using Dodgeballs to Hit Hunger

    One Propser International is a Canadian charity founded in 2010, is launching a dodgeball tournament called Dodge for Hunger on World Food Day.

    OneProsper International is increasing food security in the Thar Desert region of India where people are facing malnutrition and vitamin deficiency.  OneProsper International provides small farmers with innovative drip irrigation kits – enabling them to significantly increase food production while conserving water.

    About 20 universities and high schools in Ontario Canada will be participating in the inaugural Dodge for Hunger tournament.  Students will educate their peers about the problem of global food security and raise funds to empower small farmers with drip irrigation.

    Dodge for Hunger – High Schools:

    1. Bayview Secondary School – Richmond Hill, Canada
    2. Bell High School – Ottawa, Canada
    3. Colonel By High School – Ottawa, Canada
    4. Hillcrest High School – Ottawa, Canada
    5. Lisgar Collegiate – Ottawa, Canada
    6. Richmond Hill High School – Richmond Hill, Canada
    7. Sir Robert Border Secondary School – Ottawa, Canada
    8. Unionville High School – Richmond Hill, Canada

    Dodge for Hunger – Universities:

    1. McMaster University
    2. University of Ottawa
    3. University of Toronto
    4. University of Waterloo
    5. Western University
    6. Wilfred Laurier University
    7. York University

    OneProsper is inviting high schools and universities across Canada and the US to participate in Dodge for Hunger. Join the youth movement by contacting


    “OneProsper is a shining example of how people can make a positive difference in the lives of so many if they are just willing to take action and commit to change” – John Guarino, President of Coca-Cola Canada


  • 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?




  • 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!


  • 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.




  • “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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