The Youth Effect: Student Action Against Hunger

Cornell’s Big Red Relief Concert embodies the creative engagement of students across the country

Students from all over the country have responded to global hunger’s growing prominence in the news—global food riots, the spike in food prices, and revised estimates that global hunger now affects 963 million people (up from 854 million a couple years ago). These headlines have moved America’s youth to take action in creative ways, whether forming service learning clubs at school, holding educational fundraisers such as ACF’s Fast for Awareness, or taking individual action to raise awareness and funds by skating across the U.S. for Action Against Hunger!

Of remarkable note are the Cornell University students who organized the Big Red Relief Concert, a campus-wide concert to highlight the global food crisis and support Action Against Hunger. “Action Against Hunger doesn’t just give food away; it tries to make sure that those whose lives it touches are given the tools to ensure their own well-being,” says student organizer, OreOluwa Badaki. “Big Red Relief believes in this goal, and we look forward to helping make this a reality.” The concert raised an impressive $4,350, but equally important is the example that Cornell students have set by working to end global hunger.