BGSU Ending Hunger!


BGSU ending Hunger!

BGSU Ending Hunger! is the food insecurity initiative on campus, formerly known as Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH). Everyone deserves to be in a food secure situation where they know where their next healthy meal is coming from, however 1 in 7 Americans experience food insecurity and pilot data indicates that over 41% of BGSU students also struggle. Although the challenge of ending hunger seems impossible, it is possible to make a difference! Opportunities to get involved in the movement to end hunger at BGSU, in the community, and globally are included in this newsletter. 

BGSU Ending Hunger! is supported by the Center for Community Engagement (CCCE).BGSU Ending Hunger! is the University's promise to address food insecurity through strategic planning and implementation. If you want to become more involved by joining the BGSU Ending Hunger! Steering Committee or by volunteering, please reach out to the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (ccce@bgsu@edu) at 100 University Hall.

What is BGSU Ending hunger?

BGSU Ending Hunger! is the university movement, supported by the Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) initiative and the Center for Commmunity and Civic Engagement (CCCE). PUSH is a nationwide initiative to solve hunger on college campuses. Created by Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH), nearly 90 university presidents have signed the PUSH initiative vowing to prioritize nutrition security on campuses and making the initiative a core value of higher education institutions worldwide.

Commitment and Goals

  • Build and strengthen a university food and nutrition security network by sharing information and best practices across institutions in teaching, research, outreach and student engagement
  • Develop a new generation of enlightened global citizens who will advance the social good through “disruptive” critical thinking, collaborative, multidisciplinary problem-solving and a fervent commitment to ending hunger
  • Engage faculty across disciplines and institutions in developing and implementing a strategy to solve hunger and malnutrition
  • Create public and political will to end hunger by collaborating with and disseminating relevant information and resources to multi-sector partners and constituents in business, government and civil society
  • Empower students to meet the grand challenge of ending hunger through informed awareness, effective advocacy and strategic action on their own campuses and collectively across campuses

Mission Statement

BGSU Ending Hunger/PUSH acknowledges hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity to be a critical threat to a sustainable world. A lack of access to sufficient, nutritious food destabilizes countries, endangers national security, compromises individual and economic productivity, and robs our youngest generation of opportunities for a healthy, prosperous future.

History at BGSU

In 2015, President Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D. signed the President’s Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security and charged the Center for Community and Civic Engagement to act as the convener for campus and community activities designed to address hunger and food insecurity issues in our region and beyond, engaging the intellectual, human, and teaching and research expertise of BGSU to the PUSH action areas:  inventory and mapping, teaching, research, outreach and student engagement.

The Journal on WBGU-TV: Food Insecurity

Represenatives from BGSU discuss food insecurity on campus and in Northwest Ohio