Hunger advocate coming to Laredo

Joel Berg will be addressing Texas A&M International University students on campus about hunger issues.

Joel Berg

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Hunger is a huge issue in the world today, and one of the biggest hunger advocates around is coming to Laredo.

Joel Berg, a highly-regarded international hunger advocate and expert, will be in Laredo on Monday and Tuesday, March 17-18 addressing Texas A&M International University students on campus about hunger issues.

Berg is in Laredo on an invitation from the South Texas Food Bank in cooperation with the TAMIU Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement.

Berg is director of the AmeriCorps VISTA program called Anti-Hunger Opportunity Corps managed by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, which brought Sarah Lamm to the South Texas Food Bank for a year of service internship through July.

Lamm noted, “Joel will be here to bring awareness and strengthen the grassroots anti-hunger movement through government programs like SNAP and WIC. To have a person of Joel’s expertise in Laredo is huge. He’s done countless interviews on hunger issues on Fox News, PBS, all the other networks and to have him come here to prioritize South Texas makes a huge statement.”

Berg will speak on Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Student Center Room 236. It is open to the public. He will address students on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in a classroom. Also, during the lunch hour on Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the TAMIU Student Center the American hunger awareness documentary, “A Place at the Table,” will be viewed. The documentary was presented in January at Laredo Community College.

Berg, based in New York, is an expert media spokesman in domestic hunger, food insecurity, poverty, economic development, national service and volunteerism. Berg is executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is the author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?, the definitive and most well-reviewed book on American hunger in the last decade.

Tax deductible donations can be mailed to South Texas Food Bank, PO Box 2007, Laredo, Texas, 78044.

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