Still busy fighting …

Patrick Wiggins (far right) and friends who helped with  HARTS – Harrisonburg’s thermal shelter for the homeless

Patrick Wiggins (’11) has been busy this past year as a first year masters of public health student at Drexel University. His passion to abate hunger problems worldwide has turned into full-fledged pursuit of solutions to this problem.

In May 2012, Patrick helped organize Beyond Hunger: Real People. Real Solutions, a national conference on hunger and poverty that attracted hundreds of spectators and participants, including those who had been directly impacted by poverty and hunger in the United States.  The conference was a unique event, as not only did it feature researchers, students and philanthropists as speakers, but also “true experts” as Patrick calls them — those who have experienced poverty and hunger firsthand. Patrick’s desire to end hunger that he displayed through his undergrad volunteer work in Harrisonburg area soup kitchens, is expanding to a national level; the conference attracted people from all over the country to discuss the issues of hunger and poverty.

In his article on the conference, Patrick writes: “The Beyond Hunger conference provided a masterful venue that juxtaposed the expertise of anti-hunger advocates, government officials, and philanthropists with the expertise of people who experience hunger and poverty firsthand.”

Patrick is also a staff member of Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities, an organization that works with communities dealing with hunger issues. The center has a particular emphasis on helping families with malnourished children, and works with Children’s HealthWatch and Philadelphia-area hospitals to provide outreach to families stricken with hunger and poverty.

Link to Patrick’s article on the conference:–1108/

Patrick’s Be the Change Profile:

Center for Hunger-Free Communities website:

– by Tyler McAvoy (’12), Be the Change intern


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