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#2474: Project Food Security

Overview
Status
Currently Registered
Last Registered
May 21, 2014
Registration Expiration Date
September 30, 2015
Classification
Campus Life Program
Categories
Cultural and Diversity,Health and Wellness,Political and Social Action
Department
CFANS-Student Services

 

About this Group

Group Description
Project Food Security (PFS) focuses on finding lasting solutions for local and global hunger. Students discuss and find their role in finding sustainable solutions to decrease hunger, poverty, and social injustice. PFS's mission is to increase -Awareness -Education -Advocacy, and -Fundraising around hunger issues. PFS is the U of MN's chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) movement, which aims "to make fighting hunger a core value of universities across the US and around the globe" (UFWH Vision statement). PFS is also affiliated with Oxfam America, mainly focusing on the GROW Campaign with the mission of raising awareness of our food choices impact on the global food system.
Group's principal activities, events, or programs:
Project Food Security will participate in the Annual Borlaug Food and Fund Drive to benefit Second Harvest Heartland; host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet; Volunteer with Compatible Technology International (CTI); attend the Annual University Hunger Summit held at Auburn University in Alabama and the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa; we will commemorate Dr. Norman Borlaug's 100th birthday in March with an event; participation on CFANS Student Board; academic initiatives to incorporate hunger awareness into college curriculum; fundraising an on-line participation in hunger-relief programs. Students participate in meetings to encourage discussion of hunger issues and create lasting collaborations and friendships.
How this group's activities benefit the University community:
PFS will build awareness and raise consciousness of hunger issues on campus by creating a safe environment for discussion along with service opportunities. PFS envisions a University Community that is educated on hunger, poverty, and social injustice issues. PFS will help students find their role in the fight against hunger no matter their major or interest area. One in every six people in the world is hungry. Hunger is a domestic as well as a global issue. It is a solvable problem; the University of Minnesota students can be a part of the solution.
How this group fits into its categories:
Cultural and Diversity- Many disciplines, perspectives, and points of view must be a part of the discussion around hunger. All students are welcome, our different cultures and perspectives are embraced. Political and Social Action: Students will contribute to the discussion of local, national, and international food policies. They will be involved in academic initiatives, fundraising, and awareness and consciousness-raising programs to address the realities of hunger. Health & Wellness: With PFS's focus on the Grow Campaign( http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/what-is-grow) students will have the opportunity to learn about healthy food choices for the wellness of the consumers and farmers.
How to get involved with this group:
Attend a meeting! Everyone is welcome. Meeting times and day are TBA. Please contact Tessa Ries at <riesx105@umn.edu> if you are interested in coming to a meeting and your availabilities will be considered for the weekly time and day!

 

Contact Info

Address
190 Coffey Hall | 
1420 Eckles Ave | 
St. Paul MN 55108
Phone
Email
riesx105@umn.edu
Website

Officers

CLP Dept. Head
Brian Buhr
Officer
Brandon Hanson
Advisor
Mary Buschette
Advisor
Paul Porter
Officer
Zachary Harteau
Officer
Ryan Huber
Officer
Brittney Johnson
Officer
Tessa Ries
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