What is UFWH?
Universities Fighting World Hunger is a coalition of institutions of higher education dedicated to educating students in all disciplines about the causes of hunger and to training and encouraging them to take effective action, both at home and abroad. UFWH began as a partnership between Auburn University and the United Nation’s World Food Program. Since its inception in 2006, the coalition has come to include students on 300 campuses and has brought over 100 university presidents from 29 countries together as signatories to PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger).
The 2018 UFWH Summit at the University of Southern Maine will bring over 500 students, faculty, and activists together for two days of action-oriented workshops and inspiring presentations from leaders and activists at the front lines of fighting hunger. This is the first time this Summit has been held in the northeastern U.S. and, given the density of colleges and universities in this region, plus its long history of food systems activism, this promises to be a large and exciting event.
This year's UFWH Summit is being co-sponsored by the Food Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Maine Campus Compact.
What is PUSH?
Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) is a global collaborative effort that brings together higher education institutions in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. To date, more than 100 university presidents and chancellors from four continents have signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security, a “call-to-action” blueprint spanning teaching, research, outreach, and student engagement that university leaders can implement to make food and nutrition security an institutional priority. Powered by its student counterpart, Universities Fighting World Hunger, PUSH signatories pledge to work individually and collectively toward zero hunger campuses, communities and nations.
The PUSH Leaders Forum will be held March 14-15 in advance of the UFWH Summit. In addition to current members, PUSH is looking forward to recruiting a number of new northeastern colleges and universities as part of its ever-growing coalition.
This year's UFWH 2019 Summit co-sponsors are the Food Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Maine Campus Compact.