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End hunger, achieve food security & improved nutrition & promote sustainable agriculture is the purpose of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2). This goal strives to ensure access to nutritious foods, support productive & resilient farms, & preserve & promote biodiversity.

Actions, stories, & resources related to SDG 2: Zero Hunger are shared in our latest Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals report. They are shared below to illustrate Auburn’s impact. For an overview highlighting our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), please visit

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Zero hunger means eradicating not only starvation, but food insecurity and malnourishment. The UN also includes sustainable agriculture as a priority for achieving zero hunger by 2030. In addition to the challenge of feeding 800 million hungry people worldwide, the challenge of feeding a global population of 9 billion by 2050 makes Goal 2 an urgent matter.

Auburn University is highly engaged with Goal 2, mostly through teaching. From 2019 to 2021, Auburn University engaged in no less than 41 courses oriented toward eradicating hunger. Adequate food is critical to maintaining a sound mind, a sound body, and a spirit that is not afraid. Having a variety of nutritious food to eat is a basic physiological need that must be met to actualize a quality life for all people, the central mission of Auburn University.

View our most recent  Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals report for an overview  of Auburn’s contributions to all the SDGs.

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The College of Human Sciences has developed one of the only Hunger Studies minors in the country. Students representing every discipline apply their major studies in cross-disciplinary classes that interactively study and discuss how to solve hunger. Students examine hunger as a complex issue of sustainable human development. Topics include causes and consequences of U.S. and global hunger, as well as current responses and potential solutions. The minor helps students develop a skill set for global citizenship that includes opportunities for advocacy, leadership, and critical problem solving. Students also learn to apply critical thinking skills in addressing hunger as a multi-disciplinary, complex social issue.

students in hunger studies minor serving food: Photo courtesy of Hunger Solutions Institute
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Auburn University’s Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) chapter is a student advocacy and action campaign striving to end hunger as well as advocating for the right to widespread, quality nutrition for all individuals, particularly for those in developing countries. UFWH’s goals align with the Sustainable Development Goals in ending campus hunger, national hunger, and worldwide hunger by the year 2030. UFWH attends an annual summit with themes of resilience and resurgence, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and was hosted at Auburn University in 2022. Members are able to obtain a global awareness of hunger as a rooted, interconnected issue upon entering the workforce.

The Nutrition Resource Center was established in 2021 in collaboration with the Office of Campus Dining, Nutrition and Dietetics Academy, Health Promotion and Wellness Services, and the AU Counseling & Psychological Services. The Center’s mission is to identify and quantify food insecurity on campus, as well as provide a flagship for basic needs programs at Auburn University. The Center includes a space for the Campus Kitchen at Auburn University and the Campus Food Pantry, a service branching from Auburn Cares. The Nutrition Resource Center also aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the realities of food insecurity at Auburn University and throughout Auburn and Opelika communities. The Center also offers volunteer opportunities and nutrition counseling. In the heart of campus, the Nutrition Resource Center is a “full-scale integration of education, application, and service.”

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Hunger Solutions Institute poster session - SDG 2: Photo courtesy of Hunger Solutions Institute

A foundational principle of the College of Human Sciences’ Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) is that hunger is a solvable problem, but only when the relevant knowledge from all academic disciplines is combined with strengths of all sectors. By creating multi-sector partnerships at the community, state, and global levels, HSI shares knowledge and best practices and leverages the power of collective action. HSI educates and mobilizes students to join in the fight against hunger, creates collaborative coalitions to address hunger, and convenes university leaders to prioritize food and nutrition security. HSI brings together experts and practitioners from all disciplines to collectively address hunger and malnutrition.

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The Auburn Detection and Food Safety Center fosters scientific collaboration that allows for the detection of pathogens and other potential dangers that arise in human consumption. The Center aims to reduce food borne diseases as well as improve health and well-being on a global scale. The Center includes professionals from five of Auburn University’s colleges working to engineer sensor and information systems technology for sustainable food systems. By using biomolecular recognition and detection devices, the Center is able to precisely locate pathogen presence on fresh food in the lab and consequentially, improve food systems production and distribution on a national scale.

About 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted at different stages of the farm-to-fork continuum, amounting to 133 billion pounds annually. This immense food waste occurs while millions of people go hungry. The College of Agriculture’s Amit Morey researches innovative ways to reduce food waste and capture food being wasted to improve food security of people in the United States. Morey’s development of “functional ice,” a product for storage and transportation, will increase food safety while reducing waste for the poultry and seafood industries. Morey’s research could be a game-changer in the fight to minimize food waste and ensure food security.

Image of ice in gloves: Photo courtesy of Paul Hollis

People & Stories

Food & Dining Assessment: Auburn University’s STARS Report

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By Bella Wright  Food is essential to the survival of all living beings on our planet. How this food is grown, processed, and distributed significantly impacts the environment. Auburn University has extensive dining services across campus, offering a variety of choices for nutrition and dining. Where food on campus is…

Campus Changemaker: Charlie Gordon

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By Bella Wright Charlie Gordon As the Service Program Coordinator for the Office of Involvement and Student Affairs at Auburn University, Charlie Gordon dedicates his time to serving students and the Auburn/Opelika community. Through the Beat Bama Food Drive, AU Dance Marathon, and the Student Impact program, Charlie promotes community,…

Introducing Food U: The Future of Food

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By Molly Thornton Food U is here to bring a fresh new vision to Auburn Campus Dining. In collaboration with local partners, Food U is committed to bringing locally grown, sustainable food to Auburn's Campus. What makes them stand out? They’re developing students along the way, too. Food U encompasses…

Alumni Spotlight: Kenzley Defler

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Kenzley volunteering with the Campus Kitchens Project to reduce food waste and fight food insecurity. by Kenzley Defler, Energy Justice Organizer for Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition When reflecting on my personal engagement as a student at Auburn, I honestly don’t know quite where to begin. From running on the cross…

Community Garden Water Sustainability Initiative

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By Marley Halter. Early this year, the Community Garden at Auburn University (CGAU) Advisory Committee developed a 2021 Water Savings Program. As part of the program, irrigation timers were phased out of use, and garden staff planned to raise awareness of the problem of water waste, and to hold classes…

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