Events announced for KU Hunger Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas community has announced a food drive as well as events throughout the month to bring awareness to the battle against hunger in Douglas County, where more than 16,000 people struggle to maintain adequate access to food.

As part of KU Hunger Awareness Month, a campuswide food drive will continue throughout October to collect items that will go to Just Food and the Douglas County Food Bank, to be shared with 30 partner agencies. Two dozen food barrels are placed throughout campus for donations.

Events include the following:

There will be a showing of “American Winter,” a powerful documentary that traces the lives of families struggling with poverty in America, at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 7, at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. A panel discussion will follow.

Tanya Fields, a food justice activist from New York, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Dole Institute of Politics. This event is sponsored by the Center for Sustainability, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the International Center for Ethics in Business, the Office of the Provost and the Dole Institute.

The KU Hunger Summit will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 17, in the Commons at Spooner Hall. The Summit is an action-oriented gathering of faculty, students, staff and community members to identify opportunities for KU to address hunger and its underlying causes. Tanya Fields is the keynote speaker for the Summit.

KU Hunger Awareness Month is a collaboration between student organizations, campus units and faculty members that share a similar goal of using resources at KU to fight hunger. More details are available at