Food Studies Program

2019 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit

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Fighting Hunger in a World of Plenty: Shifting Power and Taking Action

PUSH: March 14-15, 2019
UFWH Summit: March 15-16, 2019
Abromson Community Education Center
University of Southern Maine
Portland Campus

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What is UFWH?
Universities Fighting World Hunger is a coalition of institutions of higher education dedicated to educating students in all disciplines about the causes of hunger and to training and encouraging them to take effective action, both at home and abroad. UFWH began as a partnership between Auburn University and the United Nation’s World Food Program. Since its inception in 2006, the coalition has come to include students on 300 campuses and has brought over 100 university presidents from 29 countries together as signatories to PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger).

The 2019 UFWH Summit at the University of Southern Maine will bring over 500 students, faculty, and activists together for two days of action-oriented workshops and inspiring presentations from leaders and activists at the front lines of fighting hunger. This is the first time this Summit has been held in the northeastern U.S. and, given the density of colleges and universities in this region, plus its long history of food systems activism, this promises to be a large and exciting event.

This year's UFWH Summit is being co-sponsored by the Food Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Maine Campus Compact.

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There are some exciting grant and award opportunities available for student attendees! Learn more here.

What is PUSH?
Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) is a global collaborative effort that brings together higher education institutions in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.  To date, more than 100 university presidents and chancellors from four continents have signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security, a “call-to-action” blueprint spanning teaching, research, outreach, and student engagement that university leaders can implement to make food and nutrition security an institutional priority.  Powered by its student counterpart, Universities Fighting World Hunger, PUSH signatories pledge to work individually and collectively toward zero hunger campuses, communities and nations.

The PUSH Leaders Forum will be held March 14-15 in advance of the UFWH Summit.  In addition to current members, PUSH is looking forward to recruiting a number of new northeastern colleges and universities as part of its ever-growing coalition. 

This year's UFWH 2019 Summit co-sponsors are the Food Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Maine Campus Compact.

  • Is there a draft agenda for this event yet?
    Yes! Please click here to find our working agenda for the UFWH Summit. Click here to find our working agenda for the PUSH Conference.

  • When can I register?
    Conference registration is open as of December 7, 2018. The fees for registration will be $40 for students and $100 for non-students. Please click here to register.

  • Where can I get more information on the Call for Proposals?
    The Call for Proposals was closed on December 10, 2018.

  • Where can I get more information on the Call for Posters?
    More information on the Call for Posters can be found here.

  • Where can I find accommodations in the Portland area?
    We have a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express and the Portland Marriott Sable Oaks. For more information on booking rooms at these hotels or to find other options in the area, click here.

  • Where can I learn more about hunger and food insecurity?
    Great question! Check out our page of resources to get you on your way.

  • I still have questions!
    Contact Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt, Administrative Specialist, at (207) 780-4490 or