K-State hosts international summit for hunger relief

By The Mercury

The Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit is coming to the Kansas City metropolitan area March 2-4 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center.

Sponsored by a consortium of Kansas higher education institutions – including Kansas State University – as well as several nonprofit hunger organizations, the 2013 theme is “Raising the Volume: Building Awareness, Advocacy and Action about Hunger.”

“While we need to do everything we can to help those who are hungry today, it is clear that our efforts cannot stop there,” said Matt Lindsey, president of the Kansas Independent College Association and chair of the summit leadership committee. “We need to look at the policy priorities and cultural biases that are contributing to hunger around the world and then raise our voices to create sustainable change.”

The summit is organized to serve as a learning environment where social responsibility and intellectual innovation come together to respond to the needs of our global community.

In conjunction with the United Nations World Food Programme, the summit is an international convergence of students, scholars and practitioners mobilized to make fighting hunger a core value of higher education institutions worldwide. Previous summits have been at Auburn University, University of Guelph and Agricultural University of Honduras.

The summit will have internationally known speakers in the area of hunger with keynote addresses from Roger Thurow, a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and co-author of “Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty”; Max Finberg, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; and Ritu Sharma, founder of Women Thrive Worldwide and a leading voice for international women’s issues and U.S. foreign policy. Panel discussions, paper presentations and sessions on building political support and raising the public volume on hunger will be highlighted.

The registration deadline is Feb. 22. The registration fee is $100 for students and $225 for faculty, staff and community members. Online registration is available. The summit leadership committee includes representatives from Butler Community College, Fort Hays State University, Harvesters-The Community Food Network, Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas Campus Compact, Kansas Independent College Association, Kansas State University, Ottawa University, Outreach Inc. and Stop Hunger Now.

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