Late nights hanging out with friends, long hours cramming for exams, and lazy days spent doing just enough to get by.
This is what comes to mind when you think of the typical college student.
So why is it that a group of students would voluntarily give up their weekend to walk more than 60 miles?
Well, they do it because they find it inexcusable that 1.02 billion people in the world do not have enough to eat. They find it appalling that every 6 seconds a child dies from hunger or hunger-related causes. And, they find it unacceptable that hunger is the number one health risk in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. They know that there is more than enough food to feed every person; it is just a matter of unequal distribution. And they also know it is not about researching and developing solutions; we already know how to solve the problem. It is simply a matter of bringing it to the top of everyone’s agenda and creating the political will to end hunger.
This is exactly why a group of Auburn University students are embarking on a 60-mile march to the steps of their state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. The 3-day march will begin on Saturday, March 27 and end with a rally on the steps of the Capitol Building on Monday, March 29. In addition to raising awareness, the march also raises money. Friends and family sponsor students to march, with funds raised going to support the World Food Programme. This is the second year of the hunger march and students hope to make the march an annual event, eventually expanding to include all colleges and universities associated with Universities Fighting World Hunger.
Through sweat, tears, and a lot of blisters, these not-so-typical students are marching one step at a time to make a difference.
What are you doing?
Written by Emma Jane Keller, Former Youth Outreach Intern and Auburn University Committee of 19 President.