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How Can Hoosiers End Hunger?


How can Hoosiers end hunger? We have a few ideas, thanks to a recent panel that was broadcast on WFYI, 90.1 FM, on March 8 at 7 p.m. (To download the podcast, click here.)

The panel was a discussion about global and local hunger and featured Roger Thurow, author and journalist; Ted McKinney, senior director corporate affairs at Elanco; and Jerry Adams, chairman of the board at Second Helpings.

As a result of that broadcast, we’re featuring daily blog posts from a variety of guest authors (read the first one, here). We’ll post ways to get involved; reasons why you want to tune in or listen to the podcast of the panel; and we’ll highlight some local companies who are fighting hunger on a local, national or global basis.

Check back daily from March 1 – March 14 for new information and perspectives. If you add your voice to the conversation (you make a comment on any of the following posts), you’ll be registered to win a signed copy of Enough!

March 1: Soup to feed the world (by WFYI’s Gail Strong)
March 2: Help feed Indiana youth this summer (by Senator Richard Lugar)
March 3: Embracing a spirit and ideas that work (by KP Singh)
March 4: Dollars versus Doughnuts in the fight against hunger (by Wheaton World Wide Moving’s A.J. Schneider)
March 7: How Second Helpings is “eating the elephant” (by Jerry Adams, Second Helpings’ chairman of the board)
March 8: How to Help Hungry in an Age of Plenty (as it appears in The Indianapolis Star…by Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council and Jim Morris, honorary Food for Thought steering committee co-chair)
March 9: IUPUI to Host a Hunger Banquet on 4.3.11
March 10: Acknowledge all perspectives in the fight against hunger (by Kenda Resler Friend, Dow AgroSciences)
March 11: There is no Them. We are all Us. (by Laura Henderson, Growing Places Indy and Indy Winter Farmers Market)
March 14: You say Potayto, I say Potahto (by Tim Carter, Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology)

You can also read this book review of Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty, written by Thurow. Or, take one of these humanities-inspired actions:

What does hunger feel like?
What is the root cause of hunger?
How can I help end hunger?

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio (Material World, 2007).
Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty, Roger Thurow (Public Affairs, 2010). �
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck (John Day, 1931).



Serve at Second Helpings
Recommend 2-1-1 to a person in need to locate essential human services, such as food pantries
Sort at Gleaner’s Food Bank
Contribute a blog post on the topic. Contact Kristen ( for more info.

  1. In the 1970s, the National Academy of Sciences declared that we had the ingredients to solve global hunger in a generation. That new generation is here – it is me – and we are still losing thousands a day on this planet because we lack the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. Even as incredible local organizations meet the immediate hunger needs of individuals and families, we must simultaneously address the policy structures that perpetuate global hunger. Together, we can meet the needs of today and tomorrow; it really is possible.

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