Fight world hunger by donating a little bit of your food

22. March 2018. 08:55
As part of the Universities Fighting World Hunger movement, University of Miskolc is organizing a new food collection at the beginning of April. If you want to contribute to fighting world hunger, one of the world’s most pressing global issues, here is all you need to know about the donations and collection points at our university.

 

 

Written by Alina Girnet, 1st year SH fellow student, alina.girnet(at)gmail.com

 

 

The collection is scheduled for April  4th and 5th and there will be several points where students could bring their donations. Dennis Engels, one of the organizers, told us more about the event.

 

 

How can students help:

Canned goods, pasta, sugar, flour, cooking oil, fruit juices, are examples of the items students can bring in. Anything donated must have an expiration date of at least three months after the collection. Thus for the collection scheduled for  April 4th and 5th, all donated items should have an expiration date of at least July 5, 2018. People can also make cash donations.

Students can help by encouraging their friends and teachers to make donations too. In addition, they can offer ideas in connection with the design of a poster and then help the organizers put posters up around the campus.

 

Where can students find the collection points:

There will be four collection points: one at the main entrance, at the entrance called Galéria (it's the entrance closest to the next-to-the-last bus stop), near the snack bar that has iron bars (in Hungarian the "rácsos büfé"), and in front of office 19 A/6.

 

Who will benefit from the donations:

The donations go to needy people in the Miskolc area. The first way is via “family packages”. These are assembled by Red Cross workers who, for example, put a bottle of cooking oil, a bag of sugar, a bag of flour, and some canned goods into a bag. If a collection brings in a lot of flour, but not much cooking oil, Red Cross workers will use the cash donations to buy the items that are lacking so that all of the bags are more-or-less uniform in what they contain. In such a way, both the cash donations and non-perishable food items donated are used to help the needy. Such bags are only given to people who can provide documents that verify that they are honestly in need of assistance. 

 

The second way that donations are used is the following. The Red Cross office at 123 Győri kapu, Miskolc, has a metal box attached to its fence in front of the building. This box opens toward the sidewalk, and it can be freely opened by all who pass by. Throughout the day, Red Cross workers put a few items in this box and anyone—without having to give any proof of poverty or hunger—can remove them. At any one point-in-time, however, there are just a few items in the box in order to prevent one person from being greedy and taking a lot of things.

 

University of Miskolc – one of the most active campuses in Europe

 

University of Miskolc is the only UFWH group in Hungary, holding collections since the spring of 2013. “Harriet W. Giles, Ph.D. the Managing Director, Hunger Solutions Institute in Auburn, Alabama USA, wrote me that the University of Miskolc and Stenden University in The Netherlands are our UFWH's most active campuses in Europe”, Dennis recalls.

 

The UFWH network expanded to nearly 300 campuses since its inception. In 2004 Auburn University accepted an invitation to partner with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) in the fight against hunger, one of the world’s most pressing global issues. The WFP/Auburn “war on hunger” led to the creation of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) in 2006.

 

With sustainability as a framework, the comprehensive UFWH best practices model outlines a short-term grassroots student advocacy and action campaign, as well as an academic agenda focused on long-term solutions that are suitable for adaptation or replication by participating universities. The model is designed to:

  • produce graduates who are not only technically competent, but globally aware and socially engaged;
  • challenge universities to assume a leadership role in creating innovative solutions to global sustainability issues like world hunger.

 

Although each college and university in the network plans its own agenda, all are committed to stimulate student awareness about hunger as a critical global issue and help them find ways to make meaningful contributions regardless of background, major, or career path. 

 

Discount on coffee or tea for the donors

For the two days of the collection, the Beli Diner (which is located in the large auditorium that is behind the main entrance) usually gives a 10% discount on soft drinks and coffee or tea to people who can verify that they have made a donation to the campaign. Verification is made via a stamped piece of paper that is given to those making donations.

 

For other details about how you can join the movement contact Dennis Engel at engeldennis@hotmail.com.