We all have our own reasons for getting involved in solving hunger. Our online intern this month hopes to inspire as many people as possible to join WFP’s work and to do their part to help out. Studying at Auburn University in Alabama, US, she became involved in anti-hunger initiatives. Amongst her experiences, the reality that hunger is not only a global but also a local issue in her community motivated her to become a WFP student online intern. Meet Devin Yeomans from the United States.
What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
I want to help people! Having just finished my degree in nutrition and working towards my master’s degree in rural sociology, I want to use my education to address food security issues in my home state. I want to find new ways to bring fresh, healthy, local foods to the people that need it and see the development of a sustainable food supply chain for Alabama.
What motivated you to be an online intern?
I love the idea of using social media to encourage people to join in the fight against hunger. Technology is such a powerful tool for change! When I was told about the opportunity to intern, I was also eager to become involved with an organization that is leading the fight against hunger.
What inspires you to get involved in the fight against hunger?
I became involved in anti-hunger initiatives during my sophomore year at Auburn University. After taking a class offered through the Hunger Studies minor, I was struck by the reality of hunger not only around the world, but right in my own neighborhood. Being equipped with knowledge about hunger, I believe that there are things I could do as a student to help.
Why are you interested in WFP and the work we do around the world?
My involvement in Universities Fighting World Hunger (www.universitiesfightingworldhunger.org) has shown me how important the work is that the World Food Programme is doing! WFP is undeniably a vital part of breaking the cycle of poverty worldwide.
What do you hope to accomplish this month?
I want to encourage as many people as possible to do what they can to end hunger. I feel that using your voice is one of the best ways to get involved and, being as connected as we are, one of the easiest as well!