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Registration ends today for Hunger Summit at Elon University

A gathering of campus and community advocates fighting to address hunger issues takes place Feb. 19 in the Lakeside Meeting Room.

A "Stop Hunger Now" meal-packing service event at Elon University in October 2011.


Students, faculty and staff with an interest in addressing health and hunger issues will gather next week for the first Hunger Summit at Elon University, a program sponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

The conference features remarks from April Durr '01, executive director of Healthy Alamance, a coalition of nonprofits and service agencies whose missions are to promote healthy lifestyle habits and nutrition in the greater Alamance County community. Conversations will focus on local hunger concerns and how the university, regional advocates, and national experts can work together to alleviate the problem.

Durr has 11 years of experience working in the nonprofit world of health and human services. In 2011, she received the Young Alumni "Top 10 Under 10" Award from Elon University in honor of professional success, community impact and commitment to her alma mater.

In 2009 and 2011, Healthy Alamance received the N.C. Governor’s Task Force Charles Blackmon Leadership Award for working to eliminate health disparities.

There will be time for interest groups to gather and share ideas following Durr's formal remarks.

Register for the conference by Feb. 18. Dinner is included for a limited number of participants. Same-day registration will also begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Moseley Center Lobby. For more information, contact Steve Moore, a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies, at smoore24@elon.edu.

The Hunger Summit follows in the wake of the Campus Compact Hunger Summit hosted by Elon University last fall. That forum attracted faculty and students from colleges across North Carolina. "Can we eliminate hunger in Alamance County?" Moore said. "This is an opportunity to share a meal, explore what Elon has done, and consider what we can or should do."

Eric Townsend,
2/18/2013 8:19 AM