- 25 October 2013
- by Jesse Tauber
Last weekend at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Resolve to Fight Poverty Conference took place. Hundreds of students from around the country descended on the campus to train about ways to locally fight hunger and homelessness. There are many events including a panel with people who were formerly homeless, a dinner that simulates the food inequalities around the world, and a fair that lets students connect with agencies that help do the work in their communities. This week I spoke to Meghan who is the student chair for the conference and she told me some things about her experiences and about the conference itself.
She came to the conference after her boss moved to the organization and she wanted to follow her. She said, “It really was an accident that I fell into the position I am today, but I couldn't see being anywhere else. Learning about the problems our nation has with hunger and homelessness has inspired me to want to fight for the lives of all the people who go without food and without a home because it is unacceptable to live in the wealthiest nation and have the worst problem with hunger and homelessness. Someone needs to bring a voice to these people and hopefully some day that can be me. “
She also told me about what kids can do around their own communities. She encouraged kids to look around for a national organization that does work locally. “There are lots of groups on campuses who focus on fighting hunger and homelessness, and it is up to what one might be interested in focusing their efforts on.”
Hunger and homelessness are serious issues plaguing our country at this moment, especially with the government shutdown and economic downturn. It’s important for young people to realize that this affects everyone around them, including many people their age.
The last thing that I want to share is Meghan’s favorite thing about the conference, “My favorite thing about the conference was how engaged every student was there. There wasn't anyone who wasn't interested in raising their voice towards how wrong our nation is in their efforts to "fight" hunger and homelessness. The students asked great questions and remained involved and interested throughout the conference, and that was probably the most inspiring thing I had ever seen.”