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2014 Hunger Free Communities Summit

Note:  To access  a speaker’s presentation from the 2014 HFC Summit, please click on the name of the speaker on the agenda below. Only speakers who used a PowerPoint presentation are hyperlinked. Sessions in which some or all of the speakers used a PowerPoint included:

  • Changing the Conversation on Hunger:  Effective Messaging for Grassroots Advocacy
  • Involving Healthcare Providers in the fight against Hunger
  • Public-Private Partnerships:  Models of Cross-Sector Collaboration
  • Hunger Issues in an Election Year

Saturday, March 1, 2014

8:00AM – 11:00AM          Registration Open     East Lobby Registration Desk

8:00AM – 9:00AM            Breakfast    Hampton Ballroom

9:00AM – 9:10AM            Welcome & Goals for the Day:  Ambassador Tony Hall, Alliance to End Hunger

9:15AM – 10:30AM          Panel Discussion:  Engaging Youth in Hunger Free Communities    Hampton Ballroom

  • Introduction: Bob Stern, President, Sodexo Foundation 

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.

  • Moderator:  Rebecca Middleton, Alliance to End Hunger
  • Shondra Jenkins, Sodexo
  • Laura Belazis, Campus Kitchens Project
  • Maria Belding, student
  • Ashley Willits, New York FFA Association
  • Sam Read, Share Our Strength

10:45AM – 12:00PM        BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Engaging the Agricultural Community     Governor’s Boardroom

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.

  • Moderator: Rita Singh, Monsanto
  • Jan Ahlen, National Farmers Union
  • Lesly Weber McNitt, FarmJournal Foundation
  • Sharon Thornberry, Oregon Food Bank
  • Greg Schneider, National FFA

Changing the Conversation on Hunger:  Effective Messaging for Grassroots Advocacy     Hampton Ballroom

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.

Involving Healthcare Providers in the fight against Hunger     Capitol Room

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. 

Child Nutrition Reauthorization:  Implications for Hunger Free Communities     Embassy Room

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 to 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.

  • Moderator: Duke Storen, Share Our Strength
  • Sophie Milam, Feeding America
  • Sara Gold, United Way of SE Michigan
  • Kathy Underhill, Hunger Free Colorado
  • Crystal FitzSimons, Food Research and Action Center

12:00PM – 12:30PM           Networking Break     East Lobby

12:30PM – 1:00 PM            Lunch     Hampton Ballroom

1:00PM – 1:30PM               Keynote Address:  Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture

1:30PM – 2:45PM               Panel Discussion:  Engaging Older Adults in Hunger Free Communities     Hampton Ballroom

  • Introduction:  Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation

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.

  • Moderator:  Rebecca Middleton, Alliance to End Hunger
  • James Lutzweiler, AARP Foundation
  • Lura Barber, National Council on Aging
  • Erwin Tan, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Debbie Case, Meals-on-Wheels of Greater San Diego, Meals On Wheels Association of America Board of Directors


The Role of Faith-Based Organizations     Embassy Room

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.

  • Moderator:  Max Finberg, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Jihad Saleh Williams, Islamic Relief
  • Jill Borak, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
  • Mike Waldmann, Society of St. Andrew
  • Krisanne Vaillancourt-Murphy, Bread for the World

Public-Private Partnerships:  Models of Cross-Sector Collaboration     Capitol Room

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     Hampton Ballroom

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 and Meal Packaging Event     Hampton Ballroom

As a part of this year’s reception, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an optional meal packaging event that will run concurrently to the closing reception, with both taking place in the Hampton Ballroom. The meal packaging event uses an assembly-line style process to create individually packaged, nutritionally balanced, shelf-stable, ready to prepare meals. These meals will be donated to Bread for the City, a local hunger relief agency serving Washington, DC.

Closing Remarks:

  • Ambassador Tony Hall, Alliance to End Hunger
  • Bob Aiken, Feeding America
  • Jim Weill, Food Research and Action Center
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