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Nearly 800 million people, or one in nine people in the world, "do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life," according to the World Food Programme.  

That's the central issue that 400 students, faculty, administrators and leaders from the private and public sectors came to the University of Missouri to address at the 11th annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit in February. The summit, hosted by the Deaton Institute, featured keynote speeches and numerous interactive sessions focused on best practices, innovative solutions and media coverage of hunger around the world. 


Students from the Missouri School of Journalism interviewed several of the participants in the summit. Listen to the complete radio special of selected interviews here:


Missouri already has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country, and one of the lowest rates of assistance available to families, according to Sandy Rikoon, director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security. Upcoming cuts in to benefits could have an unusually harmful effect on Missouri residents living below the poverty line.

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A report from the University of Missouri says the number of people worrying about not having enough 

  food is on the rise.

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.

Hunters could help fight hunger

Oct 29, 2012

Missouri hunters can fight hunger this hunting season. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri sponsor the Share the Harvest program, which helps fight hunger by allowing hunters to donate their deer meat to approved meat processors. The meat is then distributed to several food banks and local food pantries and given to those in need.

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At MU, the annual Homecoming festivities include several service events as a part of the tradition. This year, the service organization Tigers Taming Hunger reports donations are exceeding expectations.

Researchers and advocates focused on hunger will gather at the University of Missouri today for a national symposium.

Symposium participants call it "food justice" - the ability to have access to food security through non-emergency sources, and that was the main topic at Wednesday night's kickoff event for the symposium, Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences and Policies.