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Committee of 19 hosts Spring Hunger Week

The Auburn community will be battling hunger April 6 through 11

as one student organization leads Spring Hunger Week.

The Committee of 19, represented by members from every school

and college, is a campus organization aimed at fighting world hunger.

The group works to fight hunger both locally and internationally by

spreading awareness and leading and participating in events to cure


The committee's name was created based on the 19 cents it cost

in 2004 to feed a starving person daily. The cost has now risen to 25

cents a day, according to the United Nations World Food Programme, but

the committee's goals have remained the same.

One of the events the Committee of 19 puts on each year is

Hunger Awareness Week.

Committee of 19 Adviser Harriet Giles said Spring Hunger Week

will be hugely beneficial to Auburn's War on Hunger campaign.

"Traditionally, we have only had Hunger Awareness Week in the

fall semester," said vice president of Committee of 19, Emma Keller,

"but this year we decided creating awareness about hunger should not

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be limited to one semester. "

Spring Hunger Week consists of different activities for students

and faculty to help battle hunger.

Monday through Friday, the College of Business sub-committee is

hosting "I Sacked Hunger." Students can pick up a brown paper bag from

Lowder Business Building to fill with canned goods to be donated to East

Alabama Food Bank.

"It's an easy way to get involved and to benefit the food bank,"

said Courtni Ward, College of Business representative for Committee of

19. "Our goal is to raise 2,000 pounds of food, but we hope to surpass


College of Business volunteers will also collect old cell phones

to be turned into loans and given to the poor on Monday at Lowder.

Tuesday through Thursday, the College of Human Sciences sub-committee

will host "Blooming Change: Plant a Seed for a Child in Need." Students

can buy a spring planting kit for $3 which will be donated to the WFP.

The College of Education sub-committee will collect money for the same

organization on Wednesday at the Auburn University Bookstore.

Douglas Coutts from the WFP will speak at the Undergraduate

Research Forum about hunger research on Tuesday. The event is open to

the public and will be at 6 p.m. in the Forestry building.

Keller said this is an important event because spreading

awareness is crucial to fighting the war on hunger.

"It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference," Keller said.

Spring Hunger Week will come to a close on Saturday as the

Committee of 19 collects non-perishable food items at Kroger in Tiger


Spring Hunger Week will help battle both local and world hunger.

Locally, the Committee of 19 supports East Alabama Food Bank. Since

2004, the committee has raised more than 600,000 pounds of food, Keller

said. Internationally, the committee raises money for the WFP.

"The World Food Programme uses the money to buy food locally in

the country they are providing aid for," Keller said. "This is something

we couldn't easily do."

The Auburn community has the opportunity to make a huge impact

on the war on hunger.

"As Auburn's war on hunger campaign, we want Auburn to

understand that hunger is something we have the power to change," Ward

said. "We can do amazing things as small groups, but when we work

together, the effects are multiplied. And once you see how incredible

the changes we can make are, you will realize how realistic it is to

make world hunger a chapter in history books rather than a lesson in

current events."

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