AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Twenty-six presidents and other administrators representing more than 60 universities worldwide signed the Presidents' Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security at the United Nations this week.
This is the next step in creating a blueprint for the role of higher education in winning the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
"It is not acceptable in the 21st Century to have anyone hungry. Of course there will be emergencies, but we now have the tool and means, the economic ability," explains Paula Hunker of AU's Hunger Solutions Institute.
This event was more than 10 years in the making and was initiated by Auburn University.
Now the coalition will map food security activities in areas where hunger is historically addressed at their academic institutions; areas including teaching, research, outreach and student engagement.
"To my knowledge, this is the first time universities' presidents are standing shoulder to shoulder with activated students and working together on a solution," says Hunker.
By signing the pledge, Auburn University President Jay Gogue and leaders from the other universities acknowledge their commitment to making food security a priority.
AU, Tuskegee University, Troy University and the University of Alabama are also on board representing the state of Alabama, and trying and find a permanent solution to hunger.
"People think hunger is the question of not having food earth, it's not. It's a question of giving everybody access to food so it's a justice issues, its human issue, but also a practical issue," explains Hunker.