Troy University to host hunger, poverty summit in Montgomery

Posted: Monday, 06 April 2015

TROY - Students from Alabama's two- and four-year colleges and universities will gather on Troy University's Montgomery Campus on April 10 to raise awareness about hunger and poverty in the state.

Participants in the "Hungry for Justice: Student Poverty and Hunger Summit," held in collaboration with Alabama Possible, will hear from providers and advocates on the challenges of hunger and poverty in Alabama and have the opportunity to engage and interact in an effort to bring greater awareness to the issues.

"On each campus, they're doing food drives or have programs like our 'Backpack for Kids' program or our 'Campus Kitchens Project'," said Jonathan Cellon, coordinator for Service Learning and Civil Engagement. "What we're trying to do is bring representatives from those various programs together, so we can learn from each other, but also hopefully collaborate on future actions and efforts to make them more effective and widespread."

Other colleges and universities involved are the Alabama Community College System, Auburn University, Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Keynote speakers will include Kristina Scott, executive director of Alabama Possible, and Amanda Storey, director of partnerships at Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Gold Room at the TROY's Montgomery Campus, lunch will be provided. This event is free, but those wishing to attend are asked to register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hungry-for-justice-student-poverty-and-hunger-summit-tickets-15426923343.

For more information please contact Dr. Sharon Everhardt at severhardt@troy.edu or 334-832-7287.