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FMK 351 Food and the Poor (Service Learning Course) (3 credits)

In this land of plenty, where the number two preventable cause of death is obesity (first is smoking), millions live without sufficient nourishment and in fact never have enough to eat. Students will be exploring the many sides of this complex issue. You will study both public and private efforts to reduce hunger and improve the ability of millions to get enough food. This course seeks to understand the historic roots of hunger in this nation and look at policies which have increased the size of the problem in recent years. As part of the course work you will be working with soup kitchens, federal food programs and other agencies to gain a more personal understanding of what it is to be hungry and to help, in some small way, those who are.