If you are interested in attending the Iowa Hunger Summit this year, mark Tuesday, October 12 on your calendar and register now to be part of this annual event. This one-of-a-kind program will again gather more than 500 people from across Iowa, as well as several states and foreign countries, who are united by their involvement and interest in confronting hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity both in Iowa and abroad.
Free and open to the public, the Iowa Hunger Summit is a day-long event held in Des Moines. It is the official kick-off to the World Food Prize week of events in October. The Hunger Summit features interactive discussion sessions on hunger issues. It also has a unique "hunger luncheon" where attendees are served meals used by Iowa organizations involved in programs that "feed the hungry"—and information is presented about diverse organizations working on multiple fronts to ensure adequate food for all.
The highlight of the program in 2010 will again be the official announcement of Iowa's total contribution to the fight against hunger the previous year. "We are reaching out to and inviting all Iowans to share your story about what your community or organization or church has done in the past year to reduce hunger and food insecurity, and will present the grand total of that contribution at the Hunger Summit Luncheon on October 12," says Frank Swoboda, planning director for the World Food Prize Foundation, headquartered in Des Moines.
For a schedule and to register, go to Hunger Summit website
Go to www.iowahungersummit.org to see the full schedule for the 2010 program and also to learn about previous Iowa Hunger Summit events.
With the bipartisan leadership of Iowa's three former governors, the Iowa Hunger Summit is held annually in conjunction with the week-long series of events surrounding the awarding of the $250,000 World Food Prize—"The Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture." The World Food Prize was created by Iowa native and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman Bourlaug, who died this past year.
Fighting hunger—here's Iowa's contribution to the effort
At the 2009 Hunger Summit, it was announced that Iowans had done the following in the previous year to fight hunger at home and abroad:
* $8.72 million donated to organizations and agencies involved in fighting hunger. The number announced at the 2008 event was $6.49 million.
* 15.6 million pounds of food were gathered or distributed, both around the state and internationally. The number announced at the 2008 event was 17.2 million.
* Over 451,000 hours were volunteered to help Iowa anti-hunger advocacy projects or programs that provide food to those who need it. The number announced at the 2008 event was 438,000.
You are encouraged to send your story now, ahead of the event
Is your organization's impact being counted? Share your story and help the Iowa Hunger Summit raise the numbers in 2010. In advance of the event, all Iowans are encouraged to share their stories about what their communities and organizations are doing to fight hunger at www.iowahungersummit.org.
For example, "ISU Extension staff involved in various projects to overcome food insecurity in their local communities will be submitting information about the impact of these efforts over the past year," says Jerry Miller, interim head of ISU Extension and Outreach. "We are encouraging our local partners, community leaders and any other interested colleagues and contacts to likewise send in information about their anti-hunger efforts to www.iowahungersummit.org."
Also, individuals or community groups interested in attending the 2010 Hunger Summit event should register now at www.iowahungersummit.org. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. For more information contact ISU Extension specialist Kim Greder at [email protected] or Justin Hayes with the World Food Prize at [email protected], phone 515-245-3734.