The fight against hunger became personal for Mike Rose ’14, Durbin, N.D., when he volunteered at an orphanage in Ecuador last summer. Now he's asking others to skip a meal for hunger awareness.
He noticed that a co-worker, Gonzalo, often skipped meals so he could buy groceries for his family.
“That was the first time I knew someone who was forced to be hungry,” says Rose. “It really opened my eyes to social injustice in the world, and I decided to use my skills and privilege to do something based on Gonzalo’s story.”
In response, the social justice coordinator for Campus Ministry Commission launched No Food for Thought, a hunger awareness campaign.
The project asks people to skip a meal twice a month and donate the cost of those meals to a charity of their choice.
Within the first couple of days, more than 100 people – most of them Concordia students – signed up to participate.
“I hope to keep this going indefinitely, as long as there are people willing to do it,” says Rose, who is studying biology and chemistry. He is also a leader in the Health Professions Interest Club and a pitcher on the Cobber baseball team.
“This is a way to participate in a form of social justice that doesn’t require any extra time or money,” he says.
The No Food for Thought campaign is based on three goals – to educate, motivate and donate.
Twice a month, participants receive an email reminder to skip a meal and a fact about the effects of hunger in the world. Rose hopes skipping a meal will motivate participants to alleviate hunger in their own community.
“Just the fact that we’re at Concordia is a privilege,” Rose says. “Going without a meal two times a month will help humble us for taking for granted all the gifts that we enjoy here. No matter where we are in life, we can be advocates for the less fortunate.”