Panel encourages students in fight against hunger

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    Students learned about ways to fight hunger in Tarrant County from a guest panel of speakers Wednesday night in the Brown-Lupton University Union. 

    Resources and Realities: A Panel on Hunger featured Executive Director of Tarrant Area Food Bank Bo Soderbergh, Community Garden Coordinator Katey Rudd, religion professor Andrew Fort and assistant professor of anthropology Dave Aftandilian.

    Frogs for Food is a new student-run organization working in conjunction withReligious and Spiritual Life that targets food insecurity in the university community, Melissa Morales, Frogs for Food founder, said.

    Food founders Tina Le, Calvin Faison, Anh Pham and Melissa Morales opened up the ceremony with a warm welcome to Bo Soderbergh who proceeded to thank the students for establishing the group on campus.

    The guest speakers explained to the audience how students could help the hungry population in the community of Fort Worth.

    “More than 51 million people are food insecure even though we are the wealthiest nation,” Dave Aftandilian said.

    Students can help get involved at many of the sites off campus by finding times on the Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Gardens Facebook page, Rudd said.

    The purpose of the event is to help students gain an insight on ways they can help get involved in their community with the resources around them, Soderbergh said.

    Other events that Frogs for Food would put on is the “Frogs Give Back-Packs” program that would run from April 7-14 and the Farmers Market and Art Festival April 17.

    "I am very pleased with the results today for our first event as Frogs for Food and hope to spread knowledge to students so the program can continue to grow over the years," Faison said.

    For more information on how to get involved with Frogs for Food, e-mail anh.m.pham@tcu.edu or attend the club meeting April 25. Details to be announced.