about the author
Annie Emberland is a Communications Officer at WFP’s Washington office. Previously, she worked as a production assistant for NBC Nightly News, and earlier as an environmental reporter in Maryland, US.
In 2013, students across the world raised both awareness and money to help the World Food Programme fight hunger. Here are some of the stories that inspired us this year—perhaps these could inspire you for 2014.
This year, students across the world showed their commitment to fighting hunger by working to help WFP. Whether it was through running a few extra miles, selling handmade crafts or donating to a collection in the cafeteria, each project made a big difference. Here’s a look back at some of the students who made a big difference to WFP this year:
Zara Raised Awareness Online
Zara, a student in Jamaica, wanted to help spread the word about WFP’s work, so she started reposting WFP’s photos and other content to her social networks. Once she realized how big an impact she could make, she decided to think even bigger. Zara led the Campion College Key Club in a Freerice event where the club’s members spent time in the school’s computer lab playing the online vocabulary game and simultaneously accumulating rice grains for children in need.
Vicky Swam The English Channel To Fight Hunger
Vicky Miller and three friends took on the challenge this summer of swimming the 21 miles across the English Channel. Because of her support for WFP’s work in crisis situations around the world, Vicky decided to use her swim to raise money for WFP. With sponsorships from friends, family and colleagues, she raised more than US$4,900.
Rachel Trained For A Half-Marathon While Raising Money For WFP
UK Students Held A Really Good School Dinner
Students at Eleanor Palmer Primary School in London hosted a "Really Good School Dinner" to raise money for WFP’s school meals programme. Students brought in a little extra money at lunch time to donate to the campaign. Altogether, Really Good School Dinners in the UK had raised, as of October, nearly US$55,000 since launching in 2009.
MeiLan Sold Handmade Crafts To Support WFP’s Work
MeiLan Wechsler has raised more than US$1,500 for WFP by selling her own crafts—handmade bookmarks, origami star boxes and leaf-rubbed placemats. After hearing about the drought in the Horn of Africa, the fourth-grader started raising money for WFP by selling her artwork.
These five stories are some of the great students who’ve made a difference in fighting hunger this year. Are you already working to fight hunger for WFP? Or do you have ideas on how you will help fight hunger in the coming year? Share your story with us at email@example.com.
(From second photo: Photo courtesy Vicky Miller; Photo courtesy Rachel Bergsieker; Photo by WFP; Photo courtesy WFP-USA)