If you are interested in learning what churches, organizations and agencies on the state level as well as the local level are doing to fight hunger in Iowa, plan to attend the Iowa Hunger Summit on October 16 in Des Moines. The event will be held at the Des Moines Marriott downtown. This will be the sixth annual Iowa Hunger Summit. It is sponsored and organized each year by the World Food Prize Foundation, headquartered in Des Moines.
"You are invited to join us to celebrate our common heritage of humanitarian action at the 2012 summit," says Catherine Swoboda, a member of the World Food Prize staff who helps coordinate the event. "This year's Iowa Hunger Summit focuses on coalitions and collaborations to end hunger, with a special emphasis on hunger among senior citizens."
Free and open to the public, this unique event brings together community, business, civic and religious leaders from across Iowa united by their interest and involvement in the fight against hunger.
Free exhibit space is almost full: Register here to showcase your organization and its work.
Can't make it? If you can't come to the event, the Hunger Summit officials encourage you to click on this link and share your efforts as an individual or organization to fight hunger in your community and around the world.
2012 Iowa Hunger Summit - A full day of events on October 16
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. Coffee & Networking
Open to all Iowa Hunger Summit Participants
9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President, World Food Prize Foundation
9:15 a.m. Partnerships for Healthy Ecosystems
Organized by the Heartland Global Health Consortium
10:00 a.m. Keynote: Senior Hunger in America - An Analysis & Call to Action
Jo Ann Jenkins, President, AARP Foundation; Question & Answer facilitated by Kent Sovern, State Director, AARP Iowa
10:50 a.m. Food Security Datapalooza
Organized by USAID
12:00 p.m. The Hunger Luncheon & Keynote: The Faces of Hunger
Howard G. Buffett, President, Howard G. Buffett Foundation
1:30 p.m. The State of Hunger Fighting Coalitions in Iowa
Featuring: Angie Tagtow, Environmental Nutrition Solutions, LLC and co-founder, Iowa Food Systems Council; Jordan Vernoy, state director, Iowa Food Bank Association; Aaron Putze, director of communications & external relations, Iowa Soybean Association; Matt Russell, state food policy project coordinator, Drake University Agricultural Law Center (moderator)
2:00 p.m. Hunger Fighting Coalitions Across America
Featuring: Ellie Lucas, chief campaign officer, Hunger Free Minnesota; Glenn Moehling, senior director of corporate responsibility at Elanco Animal Health; Matt Russell, state food policy project coordinator, Drake University Agricultural Law Center (moderator)
3:00 p.m. Hunger Summit Reception
Open to all Iowa Hunger Summit Participants
Morning keynote address by Jo Ann Jenkins, president, AARP Foundation: This year the morning keynote will be delivered by Jo Ann Jenkins, president of the AARP Foundation. She will outline the growing problem of hunger among older Americans and describe some of the innovative ways that senior hunger is being addressed, including through the exciting efforts of the AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger.
Noon "Hunger Luncheon" keynote speaker is Howard G. Buffett: The highlight of the day's events is the Iowa Hunger Luncheon, which this year will feature a keynote address titled "Faces of Hunger", by Howard G Buffett, President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The foundation is actively fighting hunger around the world and in the United States through its new Invest an Acre initiative.
Also featured will be meals used by Iowa-based organizations working to ensure that people, both in Iowa and around the world, have access to a secure and nutritious food supply. During the luncheon the World Food Prize staff will announce the annual tally of how many dollars, pounds of food and volunteer hours Iowans have contributed to the fight against hunger. "Anyone interested in attending can join us for this part of the day, which also free and open to the public," says Swoboda.
Here's how you can get involved:
Attend the event: At 8:30 a.m. on October 16 you can come to the Des Moines Marriott downtown to learn about both domestic and international hunger issues. Please register online in advance.
Share your story: Are you and your community doing something to help fight hunger? Report your contributions online. The World Food Prize staff will total the results for a special announcement at the Hunger Luncheon on October 16.
Spread the word: Encourage others interested in hunger and nutrition issues to attend the Iowa Hunger Summit. Learn more at www.iowahungersummit.org.