04 February 2014

Stop Hunger Now-University Program Highlights

Stop Hunger Now

CONGRATULATIONS TO AZEEM AHMED, WINNER OF THE 2014 WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON HUNGER LEADERSHIP AWARD!

Azeem Ahmed, a senior at Auburn University majoring in Finance and Pre-Med with a minor in Sustainability, has been named the recipient of the 2014 William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award.  Azeem was selected from a pool of outstanding undergraduate applicants who have exhibited leadership on their campuses in the fight to end hunger.  His video submission and written application were supported by strong letters of recommendation, all of which bear witness to his activism to date, and promise for future involvement in the hunger movement.

His credits include work with the World Food Programme in Egypt and the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh.  At Auburn he has rejuvenated the Campus Kitchen Project and is the outgoing president of the Committee of 19, the competitively selected leadership team that leads the campus efforts to end hunger.

Azeem will receive his award at the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit to be held at Auburn February 28 - March 2, 2014. Patricia Paskov, a student at University of Wisconsin, was named Honorable Mention by the Selection Committee. 

This marks the sixth year that Stop Hunger Now and NC State Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service have partnered together to recognize undergraduate leadership and to honor President Clinton for his commitment to humanitarian causes.



2013 UNIVERSITY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS - THANK YOU!
·  Graduated our first set of Student Ambassadors - from LaGrange College
·  Packaged nearly 3 Million meals in 136 events on higher education campuses
·  Partnered with HungerU on their tour of east coast campuses to raise awareness about hunger

2014 PROJECTIONS - WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?
·  Host three Alternative Service Break groups at three of our warehouses for service and hunger education
·  Support the launch of statewide hunger dialogues in Ohio and Maine, and continue the conversations in Kansas and North Carolina
·  Partner with HungerU for their Southern Campuses Tour
·  Package 3 Million meals in 150 events
·  Establish Students for Stop Hunger Now Campus Chapters on at least two campuses
 
YOUR 2014 STOP HUNGER NOW TO DO LIST
·  Schedule your Spring Semester meal packaging event.  Contact your area Program Manager or jrivero@stophungernow.org for more information.
·  Get your resources for hunger awareness events, fund raising and starting a campus chapter.  Contact jrivero@stophungernow.org. 
 
STUDENT VOICES - ASHBY PRUITT, LIMESTONE COLLEGE
       During the first week of my junior year at Limestone College, in Gaffney, SC, a Christian leadership group that I had recently joined, known as CELP, was having a huge meal packaging event. I'm not sure what I did that day, but regrettably, it wasn't package meals. Our college set a record for most meals packaged in a day by a college our size: 76,000 meals for starving children. That was the first time I had ever heard of Stop Hunger now, and I became interested in learning more. I knew that I wouldn't miss the next meal packaging event.

       I was an orientation leader the next year during the meal packaging event, held in August. I was supposed to stay with my group of freshmen all day, but once we got to the meal packaging event I modified my schedule! I was hooked. A basketball court full of tables, food, people, music, and sweat; it doesn't sound like it, but it was almost magical. Knowing that every bag we filled could keep a child alive or save a life altogether; Knowing that one of the starving children I had seen could be helped; knowing that I was a part of something that was truly going to change someone's life for the better. That's where the magic was found.

      In March of the following year, the CELP team was privileged to do some follow up on the meals we had packaged. We traveled to Atlanta to one of the main Stop Hunger Now storage facilities and worked there for an afternoon. The next day we flew to Belize. It was my first visit to the country. During the weeklong visit in Belize, we worked alongside Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus ministries. At several different locations we got to participate in community food distributions. We would park in a central location in a village and distribute Stop Hunger Now meals directly into the hands of the villagers. It was an amazing experience. I've often wondered about humanitarian and mission organizations, asking myself, "how much really goes to the people who need it?" I'm absolutely positive that those meals went to those who needed them.

      During that week in Belize we also got to eat the meals at a few of the local schools in the Stan Creek district of Belize, where Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus is based. Kidz Konnect is partnered with 17 local schools. Some of those schools are supplied with Stop Hunger Now meals and those schools use them to provide a lunch for the children of that school. Many of these children would go hungry if it were not for the partnership with Kidz Konnect and Stop Hunger Now. Kidz Konnect also supplies several local churches with boxes of SHN meals to be distributed as needed in the local villages. 

Editor's Note:  In September, Ashby returned to Belize where he now works with the youth in Stan Creek as pastor, counselor, tutor and distributor of Stop Hunger Now meals.

THE MILLENNIAL IMPACT - APPLY TO BE A PARTNER

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, in partnership with Achieve, will research the attitudes and engagement preferences of young alumni (Millennial generation graduates age 22-32). Through research surveys, focus groups, and user testing, institutions of higher education will have a better understanding of how alumni prefer to be involved and ways to connect and seek their support.

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