Assumption College speech class to host events for hunger awareness

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Roslyn Flaherty

Hunger is a global issue that impacts millions of people and children around the world. Over 50 million people in America today face hunger. That is one in six of the U.S. population. Sixteen million children aren’t getting the food they need. According to the Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million Americans lived in food insecure households in 2013 and in our own backyard of Worcester, Mass., the issue of hunger is a continuing problem that surrounds thousands of households.

In Worcester, 20.9 percent of families live below the poverty level. The prevalence of hunger is six times the Massachusetts average. With this statistic being so high, we must work together to make a difference in our Worcester community.

“I’ve never thought about the hunger problem in Worcester. In South America, I know people are so poor and they cannot get anything to eat and that’s something I’ve learned, but I don’t know much about hunger in America,” said sophomore Jennifer Rios.

Assumption College’s Speech class, taught by Professor of English Dr. Lucia Knoles, will be visiting St. John’s Food Pantry in Worcester to volunteer its services. The class is also hosting multiple events about hunger awareness to help build leadership while providing information to make everyone aware of the problem that so many people face.

“The whole class is very passionate about this issue and we are doing the best we can to get attention to this matter,” said Jeffrey Lewis, a senior in the class.

There will be dorm storms March 23 through March 30, April 1 and April 6. Students from the class will be going around collecting cans, non-perishable items and toiletries. Proceeds and donations will go to St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, also located in Worcester.

On March 24, 26, 28 and 30, there will be a Hagan Booth set up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information regarding items needed will be available, along with games and the option to sign a pledge to help hunger.
U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern of Worcester, a strong advocate for helping to end hunger in the United States, has been delivering a series of speeches focused on the importance of the “End Hunger Now” campaign. He will be speaking in Hagan Hall about this cause in the near future.

A few students from the speech class shared their views on the need for hunger awareness. Senior Raheem Kelly-Reid had a lot to say.

“I didn’t know the hunger problem in Worcester was this bad. After learning in class and reading different articles, it really opened my eyes to the problem Worcester and the rest of America and the world face. I think it is great that we are learning about this and that we are able to spread the awareness through the community,” Kelly-Reid said.

“I never paid much attention to hunger issues, but after doing my research, I realized that it is an actual problem, and if we all come together we can make a true difference in these peoples’ lives. Any small effort is better than no effort and can hopefully make a difference to at least one person,” added senior Danielle Nader.

Follow the class’s Twitter account @HoundsHelpHungr and Instagram account @houndshelphunger for updates. Anyone who wants to get involved or has any questions can contact senior Zach El-Samin or Knoles for more information. Lets help make a difference.

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