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2019 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit - Registration Open

  • University of Southern Maine Abromson Community Education Center Portland, Maine (map)

Fighting Hunger in a World of Plenty: Shifting Power and Taking Action

What is UFWH?
Universities Fighting World Hunger is a coalition of institutions of higher education dedicated to educating students in all disciplines about the causes of hunger and to training and encouraging them to take effective action, both at home and abroad. UFWH began as a partnership between Auburn University and the United Nation’s World Food Program. Since its inception in 2006, the coalition has come to include students on 300 campuses and has brought over 100 university presidents from 29 countries together as signatories to PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger).

The 2018 UFWH Summit at the University of Southern Maine will bring over 500 students, faculty, and activists together for two days of action-oriented workshops and inspiring presentations from leaders and activists at the front lines of fighting hunger. This is the first time this Summit has been held in the northeastern U.S. and, given the density of colleges and universities in this region, plus its long history of food systems activism, this promises to be a large and exciting event.

The goal of the Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) is to inspire university students, faculty and staff to take meaningful actions that address the root causes of food insecurity and offer systemic solutions to hunger. To help support and inspire new initiatives, participants and campus teams attending the 2019 UFWH Summit will be eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $500 in start-up funds.

Our goal is to provide incentive startup funds to initiate programs, projects and initiatives which will collaborate with other partners for long-term sustainability. Projects could include, but are not limited to programs, projects, courses, and/or activities which address one or more of our major conference themes:

  • Politics of Hunger and Poverty

  • Campus Food Insecurity

  • Equity and racial justice in the food system

  • Mobilizing for Change: sharing tools and skills needed to take action

  • Nutrition and Public Health

  • Food Sovereignty

  • Global Perspectives

What is PUSH?
Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) is a global collaborative effort that brings together higher education institutions in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The PUSH Leaders Forum will be held March 14-15 in advance of the UFWH Summit. In addition to current members, PUSH is looking forward to recruiting a number of new northeastern colleges and universities as part of its ever-growing coalition. 

Registration opens Dec. 1 & workshop proposals due Dec. 10.

Contact Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt, Administrative Specialist, at (207) 780-4490 or

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