A Purdue Agriculture student is helping teach others about food insecurity around the world.
"The world produces enough food; it's just the distribution that is the problem," says Jennifer Allen, an agricultural systems management major. Allen is among the Purdue students who have joined with other universities across the nation to fight world hunger.
"The big issue is creating awareness," says Allen, one of the organizers of a hunger banquet through a student chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger.
Guests, who were admitted for a donated canned good, randomly received different meals. The majority were served rice and water; 25 percent received beans, rice and water; and only 15 percent had a full meal. The difference in the meals illustrated the global difference in food security, Allen says.
Students hope to raise awareness on campus and in the local community through future events, such as food drives. "We really want to get the local high schools to join in many of our activities," Allen says.
The Universities Fighting World Hunger campaign is part of the United Nations World Food Program.