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Will the Hunger Games Match the Rose Bowl Films?

Fans of the novel The Hunger Games are setting up canned good collections to fight global hunger when the film version premieres this month. The Hunger Games is an adventure tale set in the future when North America has gone through drought, famine and war.

The film’s producers at Lionsgate are partnering with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Feeding America.

Hopefully this activism will spread across the country. We know from history that film gatherings can make a difference in fighting hunger.

At the University of Michigan in 1947 an event was set up where students could view films of the Rose Bowl football games. Their admission price was a canned good which would be placed upon the Friendship Train.

The Friendship Train traveled across the United States collecting food for the hungry in Europe after World War II. It was one of the magical happenings that took place in the spirit of the Marshall Plan which saw the rebuilding of a continent from the ruins of war.

 The Michigan Daily reported that 10,000 students descended upon area stores buying up canned food. The grocers were practically cleaned out of stock.

So area businesses also benefited from this food drive to help the hungry overseas. One grocer noted that the students made nutritious choices, such as corn.

The Hunger Games has a real opportunity to match this kind of activism, and more so considering that social media provides more ways to organize such an event.

So we will see. Perhaps some of the theaters might even have a showing or two where the admission is a canned good or a one or two dollar donation.

A website has been set up where you can view a video with the stars of the film talking about how you can take action. You can take a quiz and learn more about global hunger. Donations are accepted on the site that will benefit WFP, the largest food aid organization in the world, and Feeding America, which is the leading agency fighting hunger in the United States.

Article first published as Will The Hunger Games Match the Rose Bowl Films? on Blogcritics.

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The Hunger Games Teams Up with WFP and Feeding America

The upcoming movie The Hunger Games, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Feeding America are teaming up to aid the world’s hungry.

The cast of The Hunger Games has filmed a public service announcement encouraging people to help fight global hunger. A new web site has been set up where you can take a hunger quiz and make a donation.

Vicki Escarra, president of Feeding America, says, “Unlike the characters in The Hunger Games, we do not live in a country in which food is scarce. There is enough food to feed everyone living in the US, but it’s not getting to millions of low-income people who need it. Thanks to our partnership with Lionsgate, The Hunger Games will help us expand much needed public awareness of the issue and encourage people to join Feeding America in our commitment to helping ensure that everyone has enough to eat.”

Nancy Roman of WFP says, “If all of us did just one small thing to fight hunger we could end hunger around the world. We are deeply grateful for the support of Suzanne Collins, who writes as though she understands hunger in the world, as well as Lionsgate and The Hunger Games cast – who have the power to change lives as they feed people worldwide.”

The partnership emphasizes fighting hunger in the United States and globally where massive hunger emergencies are currently taking place in the Horn of Africa, Sudan, Afghanistan, the Sahel region of Africa and other crisis zones.

The fighting hunger at home and abroad them carries on a U.S. tradition. In 1946, for instance, the U.S. started a national school lunch program while also organizing a massive relief effort to prevent post World War II famine.

In 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower started the Food for Peace program (Public Law 480) to fight global hunger and a special school milk program to improve child nutrition in the U.S.

The Hunger Games, produced by Lionsgate, debuts March 23rd. You can learn more about the film and the fight against hunger at wfp.org/hungergames.

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