Anyone who is interested is invited to attend the third annual Iowa Hunger Summit, October 13, 2009 in Des Moines. Free and open to the public, this unique event will bring together people from all across Iowa who are united by their interest and involvement in the fight against hunger—both here and abroad.
The event is part of the annual World Food Prize week of events in Des Moines—and will bring together people from local communities, business, church and civic leaders from across the state. Inspired by the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, founder of the World Food Prize who was a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate recognized for his work in increasing world food production, the Hunger Summit is an all-day event highlighting our state's impact in counteracting hunger, says Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, headquartered in Des Moines.
A detailed program of events and registration form are online at www.iowahungersummit.org.
Former Iowa Governors Robert Ray, Terry Branstad and Tom Vilsack serve as honorary co-chairs. The day's highlights will include the annual Hunger Luncheon—featuring state and international leaders, and a keynote address by Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of the organization "Feeding America."
Here is how you can get involved in the 2009 Iowa Hunger Summit:
* Plan to attend: The event is free and open to all. Please register to attend at www.iowahungersummit.org or call the World Food Prize Foundation at 515-245-3783.
* Share your story: Tell us how you and your community are combating hunger—through fundraisers, food drives, harvest days, walkathons, hunger banquets, etc. on our Web site.
* Spread the word: Encourage others interested in hunger and nutrition issues to attend the Iowa Hunger Summit.
"At the 2008 event, we announced that over the past year Iowans raised over $6.49 million, distributed more than 17.2 million pounds of food, and donated at least 438,000 volunteer hours toward ending hunger," says Quinn. "With food insecurity becoming a reality for an increasing number of families throughout the world—including more than 351,000 people here in our state—continued action is crucial. This year, we hope to increase in all the ways Iowa is involved in fighting hunger."
Quinn adds, "We welcome anyone who is interested to join us as we celebrate our common heritage of humanitarian action at the 2009 Iowa Hunger Summit, the kickoff to our World Food Prize events—The most significant World Food Day observance anywhere around the globe."