MAILED: Oct. 2, 2000
For the second year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will hold activities to raise awareness about global, national and local hunger issues and will offer opportunities for faculty and students to assist in addressing the problem of hunger during Hunger Week Oct. 9-16.
One of the events of the week will be the 17th annual World Food Day Teleconference from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Davies Theatre. The teleconference will be aired live from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, will deliver a keynote address titled "Poverty and Hunger: The Tragic Link." Sen will conduct a discussion on the relationship between poverty and hunger, which is the focus of many of his books. Ray Suarez, host of National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation," will facilitate the international teleconference.
A documentary film by the International Fund for Agricultural Development will follow the teleconference. "The Land Poor Working Together in the Battle Against Poverty" explores the importance of helping the rural poor combat poverty and hunger through access to land and other natural resources.
Other Hunger Week events include a campus food drive that will benefit the Feed My People Food Bank. Barrels will be placed in each academic building and in Davies Center to serve as collection points for donated nonperishable food items. Coins will be collected in each of the UW-Eau Claire residence halls and proceeds will be donated to Feed My People for nonstaple food items. Feed My People is a nonprofit food distribution program that supplies food to 40 agencies in 13 area counties.
Information tables addressing hunger issues, as well as information from local agencies that deal with problems of hunger, will be placed in the West Lobby of Davies Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Alpha Phi Omega will sponsor a community food drive by distributing and collecting grocery bags with lists of needed food items to the community areas surrounding UW-Eau Claire.
The annual Crop Walk, sponsored by the Church World Services, will take place in Carson Park Sunday, Oct. 16. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds from the walkers' pledges will be given for world hunger efforts, with 25 percent of the proceeds helping with hunger efforts in Eau Claire.
"This is an important series of events because hunger is still an issue in America," Dr. Susan Tarnowski, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said. "In this land of plenty, 8-12 percent of Americans go to bed hungry. Hunger, however, is a problem that can be addressed by individuals acting on a local and regional level. This is an opportunity for UW-Eau Claire to show community and regional support of efforts to correct a significant social problem."
Hunger Week activities are cosponsored by several student organizations Alpha Phi Omega, the Advertising Federation Club, the American Marketing Association and Amnesty International along with Chartwells and the Feed My People Food Bank.
Contact Tarnowski, (715) 836-2025, for additional information on Hunger Week activities.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 4, 2000