SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Student Nonprofit Alliance at Slippery Rock University is coordinating a nine-day "All IZE on Hunger" campaign beginning April 1.
The multi-event program includes the chance to sign a "Hunger is NO Joke!" pledgecard on which participants agree to skip a meal April 1, April Fools Day, in honor of the 52.8-million Americans who are food insecure, and the opportunity to donate non-perishable food to help support the Slippery Rock Summer Food program for Kids. Cards will be available beginning today across campus.
"Fifty-million people, including one in four children, go hungry in the U.S. every day," according to Lauren Pollock, president of the SNA. "As part of the 'All IZE on Hunger' campaign, we are urging the campus to realize, empathize and mobilize against hunger."
A panel discussion focusing on global hunger is at 12:30 p.m., April 2, in 111 Spotts World Culture Building. A second panel session focused on domestic hunger is at 12:30 p.m., April 4, in 105 Vincent Science Center.
The global hunger panel includes: Donald Kerchis, assistant professor of political science; Daniel McIntosh, associate professsor of political science; Tom Sparrow, instructor of philosophy; Aksel Casson, instructor in professional studies; and SRU students.
The U.S. hunger panel will include: Rachel Schneider, advocacy coordinator at the Pittsburgh Food Bank; Linda Zane, assistant professor of elementary educaiton and early childhood; Richelle Dykstra, instructor in professional studies; Myra Balok, assistant professor of English; David Kershaw, assistant professosr of political science; and SRU students.
The documentary "A Place at the Table," will be shown at 6 p.m., April 2, in McKay Education Building Auditorium. The film highlights the growing problem of hunger in the U.S. and the lack of effective public policy. A discussion with representatives of the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank and other regional food relief organizations will follow.
SRU students interested in the public relations and marketing aspect of hunger issues are invited to join the "AdvertIZE to End Hunger Ad Campaign Contest," being coordinated by the SRU communication department and the University's School of Business. Applications are available in the School of Business and from Katrina Quinn and Mark Chase, both associate professors of communication. Entries, including posters and videos, are due in 107D Spotts at 4 p.m., April 5, and trophies will be awarded.
SRU's Community Service Corps and the SNA have challenged campus departments, student groups, residence halls and community groups to coordinate food drives under the "Get Off Your CAN!" banner between April 1-9. Food gathered in the drives will be collected at 12:30 p.m., April 7, at the SGA Gazebo. Food items will then be given to the Feed My Sheep Food Cupboard in Slippery Rock. Awards in a variety of categories will be presented.
The organization has also urged the campus to wear red April 9 to signify that the campus is "Mad that there is still hunger in our communities, state, country and world."
The project's capstone event, A Hunger Banquet, is planned for 5:30 p.m., April 9, in the University Club of North Hall. The banquet will offer a buffet and those attending will have the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people, learn more about hunger in the region, hear what organizations are doing to change the current reality and help fund a food project serving low-income children in the Slippery Rock School District. Cost of the dinner is $20, which includes a $5 per person contribution to the Slippery Rock Summer Food Program for Kids.
Only 125 tickets are available at the Smith Student Center Information Desk. No tickets will be available at the door.
The political science honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha, will aske for signatures for "HUNGER: Not on OUR Watch" petitions throughout the week. The petitions will be sent to elected officials urging them to consider public policies that eliminate hunger. The SRU Social Work Association is enrolling SRU students, and others, in the federal food assistance program, SNAP, between 11-2 daily in the lobby of Bailey Library.
The departments of professional studies, communication, political science, geography, geology and the evironment, philosophy, elementary education and early childhood and English, along with Gamma Theta Upsilon, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Kappa, the Social Work Club, Bread for the World, the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank and AVI Food Service are co-sponsoring the event.
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