Hunger Action Series 2018
Two weeks of coordinated, action oriented events where student organizations and administrative departments support each others' efforts to end food insecurity and empower new students to join the cause.
If you describe a beautiful home to a student, they might just nod and smile. If you help them place the first brick, they'll want to finish the rest.
Every event in the series will have an action component, where participants can affect change with their own hands and hearts. Some events will be heavily focused on action, such as reseeding a community garden. Other events will end with a smaller ask: sharing a social media post or taking a survey.
Regardless, the message is the same: here is your first step.
Hunger and Food Insecurity
The popular perception of hunger is roughly this: stomach pains, empty refridgerators, and sluggish thoughts. However, there are several gradients before someone reaches that state. This is called food insecurity and can consist of one or more of the following:
- Eating smaller portions or skipping meals to save money
- Eating lower quality food than you want to in order to save money
- Inability to afford a balanced meal
- Worrying if you'll run out of food before you can afford more
You can be food insecure without being hungry and the effects can still be devestating. We only use the word Hunger in our promotional material because it has widespread recognition; as the general public better understands the issue, we will switch over to the more accurate label: food insecurity.
Food insecurity is such a pervasive problem that we need a diverse set of skills and partners to eradicate it. A sample of solutions include:
- Reducing waste, increasing efficiency at the farm, transportation, retail, and consumer level
- Providing nutritional and culinary education in childhood, early adulthood, and parenthood
- Giving out meals
- Spreading information about resources, classes, and opportunities
- Making healthy food cheaper and more accessible
- Fostering active mindsets to address food insecurity
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Building Tech for Social Good
March 23 to March 25
Tandon Gym map
Presented by HackNYU
HackNYU is a 48-hour hackathon taking place on March 23, 24, and 25, hosted at NYU locations around the world. Come build your dream project, learn from our talks and mentors, and win prizes! This year, our four tracks for your hacks are Accessibility & Assistive Technology, Sustainability & Social Impact, Healthcare, and Education Technology. HackNYU is free, and made possible thanks to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers.
Digital Media Activism: Day of Service
Stern, room TBD map
Presented by Stern Undergraduate Council
Participate in a group digital media project to promote activism!
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Sunflower Planting for a Brighter Tomorrow
March 26 5:00-6:00pm
Founders Hall Courtyard map
Presented by Farm@Founders
Learn how to plant super-nutritious sunflower sprouts in an urban setting! A tasting of different kinds of micro-greens will be included!
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Rapid Prototyping Workshop - Building an Automated Food Pantry
March 28 6:00-8:00pm
Tandon Makerspace Foyer map
Presented by NYU Design for America
Join us for a collaborative workshop with Share Meals, as part of their Hunger Action Series initiative – aimed at addressing food insecurity at NYU. Apply your creative thinking, engineering problem-solving, and/or product design interests to help drive tangible social impact. We will be challenging our attendees to design a 'Micro-Food Pantry' that must be affordable to build but sizeable and equipped with IoT smart connectivity, lockout features, and user-feedback functionality. Hone your ideation and rapid prototyping skills or build them up from scratch; come with a preformed team or come ready to join a team. The 'winning' design team will receive a prize and will have the chance for their design to be implemented by Share Meals at NYU Tisch.
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Social Impact Consulting: Food For All and NICE
March 29, 6:00-7:30pm
Presented by Net Impact Collaborative Experience
Join N.I.C.E. as we consult for Food For All, an app featured in Business Insider and Fortune that tackles food insecurity and waste by selling meals from restaurants at the end of the day at a discount! This is an initiative by Share Meals as a part of their 2018 NYU Hunger Action Series.
Fair Food Fest
March 29, 6:30-8:30pm
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Presented by EarthMatters
Presentation and discussion featuring Blue Hill's Chef de Cuisine, Nick Hukezalie. An internationally-trained chef and former environmental biology student, Hukezalie now leads the kitchen staff of Blue Hill and develops seasonal menus by collaborating with local producers.
Hungry to Lead the Way: Discussion with Hunger Relief Leaders
March 30, 5:30-7:00pm
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Presented by NYU Leadership Initiative
Did you know that there are NYU students who face a daily struggle to find a sustainable source of nutritious food? What if there was a way to reach our peers facing food insecurity? Bring your friends and colleagues to this student-organized event to unpack a largely unspoken issue in many communities: food insecurity. Join us for a night of FREE FOOD, education, and a call to action to engage with food insecurity on NYU’s campus and beyond. Speakers from The Food Bank at Columbia, Single Stop, and Share Meals will shed light on their work and how you can get involved! Feel free to email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Love Through Food: a Community Meal Packing Concert
April 2, 4:00-6:00pm
Tisch, 8th Floor map
Presented by Share Meals
NYU and the greater NYC community gather together on a single day to pack 10,000+ nutritious, tasty, shelf stable meals for distribution to those in need. These meals will be divided among college food pantries, womens' shelters, Meals on Wheels, and other local hunger relief initiatives.
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Eating Well in 10 Minutes: Hands on Cooking Class with a French Culinary Institute Chef
April 3, 2:00-3:30pm
The Leadership Initiative map
Presented by Share Meals, SSLD, Eat2Explore
Stop by and make your own okonomiyaki, with the guidance of a French Culinary Institute chef! Who knew food could be this delicious, affordable, and fast!?
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How to Start a Social Venture: Discussion with 3 Founders
April 4, 6:00-7:00pm
Leslie eLab, Lean / Launchpad, 1st floor map
Presented by Share Meals, Transfernation, Partake Foods
Learn what it takes to start a food-based social venture. Engage with founders from 3 ventures at various stages of operation.
Sustainability Summit: Lessons Learned from Universities Fighting World Hunger international summit 2018
April 7, between 10am and 4pm; our panel at 1:45pm
Kimmel, 9th floor; 909 for our panel map
Presented by EarthMatters, Share Meals
The Summit is a day of conversation and workshops about environmental and social sustainability in urban environments. Workshops will be held by leaders in the community. Join us for a day of inspiration and collaboration as we work towards a more sustainable future!