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Work Group: Hunger (P.U.S.H.)

Presidents United to Solve Hunger


 

Food Pantry Moves

The Center for Food Action Food Pantry at Bergen Community College has moved to C-111 (a corner room close to the bookstore in the “yellow” wing). This new location will offer the food pantry a bigger space to better serve the specific needs of students and staff.

If you are aware of students or staff in need, please direct them to the food pantry. Everyone is assisted in a respectful and confidential manner. The food pantry continues to seek donations of nonperishable food and personal care items – vital to the pantry’s mission of helping students and staff in need. Checks for the food pantry, payable to the Bergen Community College Foundation, can be directed to the Foundation office located in room L-340. For more information, please call (201) 447-7771.

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Project Updates

P.U.S.H.’s Collaboration between Student Affairs and Phi Theta Kappa

 In 2015, Bergen Community College President, B. Kaye Walter, Ph.D., was the only community college leader to sign the Presidents United to Solve Hunger Initiative (PUSH), a United Nations program to combat hunger on campuses and in local communities. Alpha Epsilon Phi (PTK’s chapter at Bergen) officers shared many personal experiences with the issues of hunger and poverty. For this reason our chapter decided to join this initiative and further explore the frontiers of hunger in our community.

PTK’s chapter at Bergen embarked on a project to research the dynamics of poverty and hunger in our college, locally and internationally. To better educate ourselves, members of the chapter collaborated with Bergen’s administration to create two HIA courses about Social Entrepreneurship and the connection between Poverty and Education. Chapter members also studied existing governmental programs, participated in events organized by the United Nations, and interviewed social pioneers in our community.

Based on students’ research, it was concluded that there is a significant gap between the perception of poverty and reality, and that this disparity is preventing our society from solving the problem of hunger. Students therefore decided to create a documentary to raise awareness about the issues of poverty and hunger, helped raise 5-thousand pounds of food for the College’s food pantry in collaboration with Sotheby’s Realty, founded a ONE Campaign Chapter on campus, and are in the process of establishing a Student Ambassadorship Program in Myanmar for BCC Students.

Through this project, PTK chapter members collaborated with global and local organizations to fight and end hunger. Students were able to reduce the stigma associated with poverty, create additional learning opportunities abroad for BCC students, and provided an immediate solution for hungry students on our campus.

In September 2015, the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs sponsored a group of PTK students to attend the United Nations Zero Hunger World Summit. The purpose of the Summit was to address factors impacting hunger around the world with a special emphasis on what is being done in countries around the world to eradicate the problem of hunger. Specific initiatives were presented by world leaders which provided evidence of impact of climate changes on agriculture and food availability which has resulted in community-based action to promote feeding programs at the local/village level.

Out-of-the-classroom projects and activities have produced research opportunities for students as the College engages itself in strategic initiatives to help in the eradication of local and global hunger.