AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Nearly 800 million people around the world struggle with food insecurity.
For more than 10 years June Henton, Dean of Human Sciences at Auburn University, has been working to fight against hunger. She has led several initiatives locally and globally to raise awareness about this issue.
In 2004, under Henton's leadership, Auburn University was invited to partner with the World Food Programme in a higher education campaign against hunger. Two years later, she founded the Universities Fighting World Hunger. Since starting, more than 300 institutions have joined these efforts.
For Henton, the role of educating the next generation to be leaders and address this global issue is important.
As a result of her efforts, Auburn University established a Hunger Studies Minor and the Hunger Solutions Institute. The institute mobilizes students to join in the fight against hunger, creates multi-sector collaborative coalitions to address childhood hunger in Alabama, and brings together university leaders to make food and nutrition security a priority.
"I think that you have to get off the interstates to see the real issue. Sometimes we just ignore the fact that maybe our neighbors are experiencing destitute times. We can call attention to this and make people aware and let them know this is a solvable issue. Putting our efforts behind that so our policymakers are able to put regulations in place is absolutely critical to moving forward," said Henton.
To check out the End Child Hunger in Alabama website which contains the PSA, Every Meal Matters click here.