Nursing students come face-to-face with hunger

When teaching about hunger, the staff took a more hands-on approach.

One in eight people goes to bed hungry every night.

Hunger is a global issue, and local nursing students are learning first-hand how to fight it.

When teaching about hunger, the Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing staff took a more hands-on approach.

The students were divided into three groups, upper, middle, and lower.

Food and water was served to all three groups, but not in the same way.

The lower group ate rice with their hands, and was served water from a ladle.

Lili Coval was in that group, and thought the experience was eye-opening.

"Just things are simple as utensils, and being able to wash my hands with clean water and using a cup ," Coval said. " It's really difficult and you feel you waste more because you have no way of doing that. So it makes you more aware of just the things that you do have even when you feel like you don't."

Rachel Suter ate with the middle group. The middle had an adequate amount of food, but Sutter found being in the middle conflicting.

"You felt the need to give but at the same time you could look and see that others had more to give too ," said Sutter. " I thought it was something that was really beneficial and healthy, but it definitely stirred up emotions that you normally would want to suppress, probably."

The upper group was not served rice, but sandwiches and chips.

Ashley Atteberry said she felt awkward eating better food than her classmates.

"It made me think that I take a lot of things for granted too ," Atteberry said. " And I'm thankful for everything that I have. And I wanted to share, I wanted to share with everyone as well."

While 870 million people suffer from chronic hunger, these future nurses feel equipped to help lower that number.