Whether it’s a gridiron battle in the Fight Hunger Bowl or a fight to end hunger at home and around the world, the Husky spirit perseveres. Here are some of the ways the Husky family is making a difference through volunteering, fundraising and groundbreaking research.
Grilled cheese for a good cause
Members of the UW’s FeelGood student organization are working to end global hunger by 2030, one grilled-cheese sandwich at a time. Their nonprofit deli raises money to build public support for the eradication of hunger and teaches students a thing or two about running a successful social enterprise.
- Learn more: Follow @FeelGood_UW
Fraternity ‘Stuffs the Bus’ with food
Every year, the Chi Psi fraternity mixes food and philanthropy in a unique way with its “Stuff the Bus” event that benefits local families through Food Lifeline. And the brothers took their charge seriously – an entire school bus was literally stuffed with food at local grocery stores, feeding hundreds of families in need.
- See photos of the Chi Psi bus, stuffed
Teen Feed helps homeless youth in U-District
Teen Feed began in 1986 when nurses at UW Medical Center noticed that many of the youth who came in were malnourished. From then on, it has been in the U-District working to help homeless youth, and the university has been supporting the effort ever since.
Harvest Against Hunger
The UW Center for Public Health Nutrition partners with Harvest Against Hunger, a project of Rotary First Harvest that increases the amount of fresh produce available to hunger-relief agencies throughout Washington state.
- Explore more: Harvest Against Hunger
District Market makes a difference
The UW’s District Market, which opened in September, recently partnered with the nonprofit organization Food Lifeline to donate the store’s surplus food to those in the community, an effort that equals 2,000 pounds of food, or approximately 1,618 meals.
- Read about the District Market’s efforts to feed the hungry
Sowing sustainability at the UW Farm
The UW Farm started out as three carefully double-dug beds constructed by the UW Botany Greenhouse in 2006. Since then, green-thumbed UW students, staff and faculty have cultivated three urban farms on campus. In fall quarter alone, they donated 462.75 pounds of produce to the University District Food Bank.
- Read more on the UW Farm’s Facebook page
UW research: Spuds are superfoods
Are potatoes the food of the future? Dr. Adam Drewnowski, director of the UW’s Nutritional Sciences Program, says spuds have one of the best nutritional values on the market. His team published a study on the tasty vegetable in the journal PLOS ONE. “When it comes to affordable nutrition, it’s hard to beat potatoes,” he says.
- Read more about Dr. Drewnowski’s study.
Student ‘Fast-a-Thon’ raises hunger awareness
Each winter, members of the UW Muslim Students Association fast for a good cause: raising awareness about homelessness and hunger in the community. Hundreds of students pledge to participate and the proceeds are given to a nonprofit organization supplying food, water and shelter to those in need.
- Read about past Muslim Student Association Fast-a-Thons
ASUW holds winter food, clothing drive
When the ASUW started crunching the numbers, they knew they had to do something: 2,736 people in King County were homeless last January alone and one in six struggled with hunger in the U.S. To help fight hunger, the ASUW established a campus-wide food drive to support the University District Food Bank.
- Read more about the UW Food Drive
UW professor fights poverty one land plot at a time
For decades, Roy Prosterman has pushed to change land-ownership laws and practices in an effort to lift some of the world’s poorest people out of poverty. Through Landesa, the Seattle organization he founded, Roy has helped millions of people across the globe gain rights to their own land.
UW employees give big
Thousands of UW employees support local and global organizations through the annual Combined Fund Drive. Last year, more than $2 million was raised to support more than 3,800 charities, including those working to end hunger.
- Check out the Combined Fund Drive
Huskies lend a hand in Africa
UW students who participate in Hand 2 Hand, a group geared toward global education, teamed up with Feed the Children last year to raise money for families with children in East Africa. Droughts in the region have caused widespread malnutrition, putting thousands of children at risk of starvation.
- Read more about Hand 2 Hand’s partnership with Feed the Children
UW’s IHME tracks global hunger
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Global Burden of Disease study found that premature deaths from malnutrition is much higher in the U.S. than other wealthy countries.
- See all the stats from IHME’s 2010 study
UW expert on the future of food
The global population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050. How will we provide nutritious, affordable food while using fewer resources? Health Services Professor Donna Johnson tackled this challenge, and others, during a recent session of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Check out more recent events from the Center for Public Health Nutrition
Driving away hunger without wheels
If you own a car, you probably have food on the table. Take away the wheels, however, and “food deserts” — areas where low-income people have limited access to low-cost, nutritious food — crop up across King County.
- Read more about the UW’s research on ‘food deserts’
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
Each November, UW WashPIRG, a student organization working to solve public-interest problems, hosts Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. The event raised money for Jubilee Women’s Shelter, Roots Young Adult Shelter and YouthCare.
- Check out UW WashPIRG on Facebook