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Posted Jul 30 2010 12:00am
The University of Alabama at Birmingham(UAB) has launched a new initiative to raise awareness about hunger and the availability of food in the community.

The UAB Initiative on Hunger and Food Security, spearheaded by the UAB Office for Service Learning , aims to educate students and the community about the causes of hunger through academic courses, service learning curriculum, campus events, advocacy and partnerships with charitable organizations.

“We are working to unite local organizations that are already fighting hunger and promoting food security locally, statewide, nationally and internationally with faculty through academic programs and student activities,” said Norma-May Isakow, director of the UAB Office of Service Learning.

Food security refers to the availability and access to food. A household is considered to be food insecure when there is hunger or a fear of starvation in the home. In 2008, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure homes, including 13.3 percent of households in Alabama, according to a 2008 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report on household food insecurity in the United States. Read more
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