The Day One Leadership Program: Engaging Campus in Community Hunger Issues through Service-Learning

April K. Heiselt, Chiquita A. Briley


Hunger issues continue to be a major part of both the United States’ and the global health agenda. The “War on Hunger” is an initiative that engages college students in the solution to fight hunger. Using Mississippi State University’s Day One Leadership Community as a case study, this article details how freshmen students in a first-year, living-learning community participated in a service-learning project with their local food pantries in order to better understand the issues of food insecurity and domestic hunger. Elements of the program as well as challenges and benefits for the students and food pantry community partners are shared. Application and implementation for similar projects are discussed. 

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