2014 Hunger Free Communities Summit
Program Agenda as of 11/27/2013
Note: Watch this space, as it will be regularly updated as program details are finalized.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:00AM – 11:00AM Registration Open
8:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM – 9:10AM Welcome & Goals for the Day
9:15AM – 10:30AM Panel Discussion: Engaging Youth in Hunger Free Communities
One of the most exciting trends we’re seeing in anti-hunger coalitions around the country is the way that young people are engaging in efforts to rid their communities of hunger. This panel will explore several ways in which youth engagement is making a difference in communities across America—and how your coalition can harness the energy and passion of young people to help hungry people.
10:45AM – 12:00PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Engaging the Agricultural Community
Hunger Free Community Coalitions can benefit greatly from partnerships with local farmers. Beyond providing fresh food to hunger relief programs, farmers and other members of the agricultural community can also play a key role in broadening your coalition and amplifying your voice to elected officials. This panel will explore the key role of agricultural groups in building a Hunger Free Community.
Changing the Conversation on Hunger: Effective Messaging for Grassroots Advocacy
Changing the conversation and turning your elected officials into anti-hunger champions requires real stories and effective messages. This panel will explore how some of the best grassroots anti-hunger advocates get their message across, and how your coalition can effectively engage in advocacy of its own.
The Role of Faith-Based Organizations
This panel will cover the critical role that faith-based organizations have to play in the fight against hunger. These organizations and coalitions support both direct service and advocacy as core components of their work. The panelists will discuss how faith-based organizations can contribute to a Hunger Free Community’s work.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Implications for Hunger Free Communities
The federal Child Nutrition programs, such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), are fundamental to protecting our nation’s kids from hunger. Given that Congress must reauthorize these programs in 2015, this year is a critical time for Hunger Free Community coalitions tell their elected leaders what is working in these programs and what aspects need to be improved. This panel will address the strengths and shortcomings of the child nutrition programs as they exist today, and the implications of possible changes in 2015 for efforts to end childhood hunger in communities across the country.
12:00PM – 12:30PM Networking Break
12:30PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00PM – 1:30PM Keynote Address
1:30PM – 2:45PM Panel Discussion: Engaging Older Adults in Hunger Free Communities
Hunger among older adults is a silent crisis that is too often overlooked. However, while far too many adults 50+ are at risk of hunger, older adults also play a key role in fighting hunger in communities across the United States. This session will focus on how Hunger Free Community Coalitions can involve older adults in their work to not only meet the immediate needs of hungry people, but also to build the long term public and political will to address the systematic causes of hunger.
3:15PM – 4:15PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Involving Healthcare Providers in the fight against Hunger
This panel will explore the benefits for Hunger Free Community coalitions of engaging the healthcare industry. Hunger is increasingly seen as a health issue, and many health and nutrition experts now advocate addressing hunger and malnutrition directly in patient care plans. This approach has significant potential to reduce the long-term costs of health care, and ultimately bring new attention to the issue of hunger among elected officials.
Public-Private Partnerships: Models of Cross-Sector Collaboration
One of the key elements of successful Hunger Free Community coalitions is collaboration between private organizations—both businesses and non-profits—and government entities at the local, state, and federal levels. This session will feature case studies on how the public and private sector are working together in new and innovative ways to end hunger in communities across the country.
Hunger Issues in an Election Year
Building the long-term political will to end hunger requires a sustained effort on the part of civil society to transform elected officials into anti-hunger champions. Elections, such as this year’s midterms and the fast approaching 2016 Presidential election, offer unique opportunities for anti-hunger advocates across the country to insist that candidates make ending hunger a top priority. This panel will examine the issues most relevant to hungry people in the 2014 and 2016 elections, and discuss how Hunger Free Community coalitions can leverage upcoming elections to raise the visibility of hunger in America.
5:00PM – 6:30PM Closing Reception