Hunger is more than the title of a movie to Jones Middle School sixth-graders, who came up with the slogan: "Hunger ... it's not a game."

Hunger is more than the title of a movie to Jones Middle School sixth-graders, who came up with the slogan: "Hunger ... it's not a game."

"The Hunger Games" may be packing theaters across the country, but Callie Burton, in sixth grade team east, said hunger is a reality to millions of people around the world.

"We are studying hunger and poverty and how it affects about 76 million families a year," she said.

Callie and her classmates want residents to join them in a Hunger Line Walk at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 27, at Jones Middle School, 2100 Arlington Ave.

She said students, teachers and anyone who wants to join them will walk south on Arlington Avenue, carrying food to the Heart to Heart food pantry, 1320 Cambridge Blvd.

Teacher Molly Miely said learning the extent of hunger and poverty in their own community and in other parts of the world led students to look for ways to help."

Our students had seen Ohioans waiting in line for food," she said. "They wanted to help, so they thought we could do the opposite of getting food and instead give it by walking in a line."

Callie said 102 sixth grade students will walk in the Hunger Line, along with sixth grade teachers Miely, Scott Hall, Mandy Mangini, Jean Reese and Jill Schneider.

"We want to spread the word for people in Upper Arlington to walk with us," Callie said. "We will be wearing pink, so if they want to, they can wear pink with us."

The pantry needs canned and non-perishable foods such as macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper, granola bars and "healthy options like noodle dinners with veggies," she said.

Any kind of canned or non-perishable food will be accepted as long as it has not reached the expiration date, Miely said.

"Food that is nutritional and has some protein is very much needed at the pantry, like peanut butter, tuna fish and canned meats," she said.

Miely said students delivered handmade and personalized invitations to the surrounding community to invite people to participate. They also dropped off fliers at homes along the route to encourage residents to either join the walk or leave donations of food on their front doorsteps.

Food items may also be dropped off at the school the morning of the walk.

"This project is great for our students and the community," Miely said. "Through service learning projects such as this, our students are learning about and raising awareness for current real-world problems like the hunger crisis. By taking action, they are helping to solve real world problems and are making a difference.

"This type of project gets to the heart of all learning," she said. "The announcement to students and staff that has been on at Jones all week begins with 'Hunger ... it's not a game' and ends with 'It starts with us ... let's stop hunger now.'"

Callie said she hopes people show up "rain or shine" and "wear pink and bring canned food or any food."

"The walk is about 1.2 miles there and 2.4 miles the whole way," she said. "It's great exercise."

Miely encouraged residents to consider participating in the walk or donating food.

"Everybody's welcome to join us for just part or all of the Hunger Line Walk," she said.