Hunger Summit Breakout Sessions

Interested in a specific topic? See our Breakout Session Tracks below.

Public Policy | Child Hunger | Communications | Research & Data | Community Organizing | Health & Nutrition | Special Tracks


Economic Perspectives on Poverty and Food Insecurity in the United States
(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)

Linda English, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Baylor University
In recent years, a great deal of economic research has focused on determining the economic causes of food insecurity and establishing a causal connection between food insecurity and health outcomes. This growing body of economic research offers insights into the broader conversation about food- and nutrition-related policy in the United States.

Lobbying Against Poverty: School Breakfast as a Political Case Study
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:05-2:15 p.m.)

Jason Sabo, Founder, Frontera Strategy
Join Jason Sabo, Founder of Frontera Strategy and lobbyist for hunger advocacy organization Children at Risk, for a discussion around the politics of poverty and hunger at the Texas Capitol and beyond. Jason Sabo lobbies the Texas and other state legislatures for children's rights and advises numerous foundations on advocacy grant-making. Jason will use the 2013 expansion of School Breakfast by the Texas Legislature as a case study of building bi-partisan and broad support for anti-hunger public policies.

Where's the Farm Bill?
(Thursday, October 24 | 3:45-4:55 p.m.)

JC Dwyer, Senior Director of Policy & Communications, Texas Food Bank Network
Federal nutrition programs are the largest and most effective tools we have to fight hunger in Texas. The farm bill, which sets funding and rules for several of these programs, has been in political limbo for over three years. Make sense of what's happening in Washington, D.C., and learn how you can defend these crucial programs in the months to come.

Federal Nutrition Program Update
(Friday, October 25 | 1:30-2:40 p.m.)

Etienne Melcher, Senior Legislative and Public Affairs Associate, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
Want to learn the latest on federal nutrition policy and how it weaves into the larger federal budget debate? Come to this session for an update on the federal nutrition programs including SNAP, WIC, school and afterschool nutrition programs, as well as other federal programs that help low-income families put food on the table. Following the update, we will strategize about advocacy opportunities you can take in the coming months to strengthen and protect these critical anti-hunger programs.

The State of the State: Hunger and Poverty-Related Legislation in Texas
(Friday, October 25 | 9:45-10:55 a.m.)

Rachel Cooper, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Jeanie Donovan, Nutrition Policy Intern, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Want the inside scoop on what happened at the Texas Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session? This breakout session will give highlights of the 83rd Session related to nutrition policy and other legislation affecting low-income families.

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Dallas Summer Meals Sponsor Council Development Project
(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)

Jessica Galleshaw, Director of Health Initiatives and Projects, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Jacob Hormes, Associate Consultant, Bain & Company, Inc.
Loretta Landry, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative - Dallas
Torie Thompson, Associate Consultant with Bain & Company, Inc.
Inspire, the nonprofit arm of Bain Consulting, has collaborated with the goal in mind to assist Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) - Dallas and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in developing and implementing a strategic plan for the creation of the Dallas Summer Meals Sponsor Council, in an effort to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the Summer Meals program and its environment. Bain consultants will share their external research and analysis, as well as solution design and suggested plans for implementation. THI- Dallas and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas project leaders will share how they have translated this work for the planned Dallas Council, the resulting structure, scheduled launch and upcoming Council offerings.

Strategies for Ending Summer Hunger
(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)

Kim Caldwell, Program Manager, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices
Melissa Dozier Gonzales, Food and Nutrition Policy Liaison, Texas Department of Agriculture

This interactive session will explore strategies to increase access to the Summer Feeding Programs for children in-need, particularly looking at how state agencies and nonprofit organizations are working together to end summer hunger. Bring your own experiences and questions for a discussion about current summer meals efforts and opportunities to grow program participation in the future.

Rounding Out the Day: Results of National Afterschool Meals Survey of Low-Income Families
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:05-2:15 p.m.)

Brian Giles, Senior Administrator, Food Services, Houston ISD
Karen Banks, Program Manager, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices
For families who count on school breakfast and lunch for free healthy meals, providing healthy food after the school day ends can place a strain on already tight budgets. The afterschool meals program provides free healthy meals to kids participating in educational or enrichment programs operating after the school day ends, but many eligible kids are not receiving these free, healthy meals.Join Karen Banks and Brian Giles to learn about how to connect more kids to afterschool meals.Hear the results from a national survey regarding low-income families' need for and interest in afterschool meals programs.Learn the secrets to HISD's success in serving afterschool meals at 32 school campuses.

Summer Meals in Texas
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:05-2:15 p.m.)

Becky Fortson, Research Project Manager, Texas Hunger Initiative
Kathy Krey, Director of Research, Texas Hunger Initiative
Johnna McGill, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative San Antonio
John Puder, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative - Houston
Summer Feeding Service Program (SFSP) sponsors strive to provide nutritious meals to children who might lack access to regular meals when school is not in session.This session presents a summary of a sponsor survey conducted by the Texas Hunger Initiative. Also, the Texas Hunger Initiative's regional staff from San Antonio and Houston will discuss specific outreach and collaborative efforts in their respective regions.

Best Practices for Running a Year-round SFSP/CACFP Program
(Thursday, October 24 | 3:45-4:55 p.m.)

Keven Vicknair, Vice President of Strategic Thought, CitySquare
This session will highlight the key components to operating a successful and financially viable meals program whether it is SFSP or CACFP. Particular attention will be paid to Summer mobile programs, program management and building productive relationships with vendors.

Can a $3.50 Bag of Food Really Impact Education?
(Friday, October 25 | 9:45-10:55 a.m.)

Dyron Howell, Founder, Snack Pack 4 Kids
Seventeen million children in the U.S. are living in food insecure households. How can the community and school district work together to remove this significant barrier to learning? Have you ever wondered what happens for 66 hours over the weekend when children don't have access to breakfast and lunch each day? For two consecutive years, 94% of Amarillo's teachers have indicated that our solution has impacted their students. Join us to learn more.

Wake Up Fuel Up with Breakfast in the Classroom
(Friday, October 25 | 1:30-2:40 p.m.)

Margaret Lopez, Director for Nutrition, Training, and Quality Assurance, Food & Child Nutrition Services, Dallas ISD
Mary Dickson, School Program Coordinator, Dairy MAX
Breakfast is the fuel to get children ready to learn in school. The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees agrees, and they have decided that, within three years, all students in the District will be able to start the day with a free, convenient breakfast in the classroom. The question is: How do you make that happen for over 157,000 students every day? It takes collaboration and cooperation from many individuals and entities, as well as identifying what resources are available, to truly make breakfast in the classroom a success.

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Selling Your Program

(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)

Jeff Tanner, Professor of Marketing, Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Research, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University
Everyone wants children to eat, right? Maybe, but in today's world there are so many needs that have to be addressed that getting your voice heard and getting others on board is no easy task. In this workshop, we will outline principles to help you shape messages for greater acceptance while building the kinds of relationships that truly meet everyone's needs. Plan on taking home a few specific tools you can put to work right away to help sell your program in your community.

Telling Your Story
(Thursday, October 24 | 3:45-4:55 p.m.)

Charis Dietz, Director of Communications, Texas Hunger Initiative
True stories, told and written well, have the power to inspire and motivate us to action. Are you telling the story of your organization in a way that truly engages your constituents? Are those stories reaching your target audience and achieving the desired response? This session will help you think through your organization's strongest story elements and how to communicate those elements in a more impactful way.

Transformative Consumer Research: Impacting People's Well-Being with Nonprofit and Social Enterprise
(Friday, October 25 | 9:45-10:55 a.m.)

Brennan Davis, Assistant Professor in Marketing, Director of Research for The Center for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise, Baylor University
Thriving, suffering and dying are more interdependently connected to the acquiring, owning and disposing of products than in any other historical era. Academic researchers within the transformative consumer research movement, a marketing sub-discipline, have the goal of improving people's well-being through impactful research that actively participates with nonprofit and social enterprise.

Engaging Your Audience Online
(Friday, October 25 | 1:30-2:40 p.m.)

Sam Read, Online Organizer, Share our Strength
A presentation on how to use social media and other digital means to engage and expand your online network. Includes a Social Media 101 overview on how to maximize your social media presence and a look at the No Kid Hungry action center.

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Designing and Conducting Survey Research
(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)

Kathy Krey, Director of Research, Texas Hunger Initiative
While survey research is one of the most popular social science research methods for studying large populations, many surveys today are not well constructed and results are often miss-interpreted. In this session we'll look at designing and conducting surveys (everything from sampling to questionnaire design) and interpreting survey results (from standard error and confidence intervals to response rates).

Best Practices in Summer Feeding: Early Research Results
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:05-2:15 p.m.)

Jeff Tanner, Professor of Marketing, Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Research, Hankhamer School of Business, Baylor University
Since mid-August, a team of Baylor business faculty have explored what works in creating sustainable summer feeding programs that effectively reach target populations. This session is your opportunity to see high level results from this first round of research, as well as make your own contribution to the study.

Measuring the Impact of Community Based Anti-Hunger Efforts
(Thursday, October 24 | 3:45-4:55 p.m.)

Maureen Berner, Professor of Government, UNC Chapel Hill
This session will discuss current expectations in the policy world for measuring the impact of our efforts to fight hunger. We'll talk about standard and innovative ways to measure impact, in particular, in light of a new evaluation of a 2012 pilot program for summer feeding in North Carolina that changed national policy. Bring your program details and questions, and we'll share.

Can You See Me Now? A Consumers' Guide to Data Visualization
(Thursday, October 24 | 3:45-4:55 p.m.)

David J. Kahle, Assistant Professor of Statistical Science, Baylor University
From preliminary analysis to communication of findings, data visualization in today's data-driven society is everywhere.In this session we will present an overview of data visualization for the consumer: what's out there (from boxplots to cartograms to big data graphics), general guidelines for interpretation and common pitfalls.

Breakfast in the Classroom: A Pilot Study
(Friday, October 25 | 9:45-10:55 a.m.)

Kathy Krey, Director of Research, Texas Hunger Initiative
Erin Nolen, Breakfast Research Analyst, Texas Hunger Initiative
This breakout session will address the preliminary findings of a pilot study examining the impact of a universal-free school breakfast model, Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), on elementary students. Specifically, outcomes relating to nutrient intake, academic performance, attendance, and behavior will be addressed. This study compares outcomes of students in schools that implement the BIC model and schools that utilize the traditional school breakfast model.

How Nonprofits Benefit with a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System
(Friday, October 25 | 1:30-2:40 p.m.)

Christine Gorman, Certified Consultant and Administrator, Quixo Consulting

What is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System? What efficiencies can be gained through a CRM for a nonprofit? In this session, we will answer these questions as well as discuss common CRM pitfalls and how to avoid them. And finally, you will learn how to successfully implement a CRM with a demonstration of the Texas Hunger Initiative's CRM.

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Faith-Based Engagement
(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)

Bee Moorhead, Executive Director, Texas Impact
Congregations in Texas are a powerful and committed resource and are doing great work toward feeding the hungry in their communities. This session will provide tools for developing grassroots networks in local communities and mobilizing them to action around food insecurity. Learn how local churches and other faith-based organizations can get involved in the fight against hunger.

Creating Internships to Rebuild Local Food Systems
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:05-2:15 p.m.)

Darryl Birkenfeld, Director, Ogallala Commons
In this session, Darryl Birkenfeld, Ph.D., will present an overview of how a nonprofit organization, Ogallala Commons, partners with communities in the Great Plains region to build food security by creating Community Internships for high school, college and older adults who have talents and a passion for food production and building social capital.The Guadalupe County LULAC Gardens in Seguin, Texas, will be featured as one example of the positive impact of Community Internships. Participants will gain knowledge of how people who grow up in our localities could gain meaningful work experience and career exploration through internships in rebuilding local food systems.

Collaborating to End Hunger in Your Community
(Friday, October 25 | 3:45-4:55 p.m.)

Mary Herbert, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - San Angelo
Sara Marple, Field Organizer, Texas Hunger Initiative - San Antonio
Shamethia Webb, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - Waco
Moderator: Kasey Ashenfelter, Field Director, Texas Hunger Initiative
Texas Hunger Initiative staff from across the state will share their experiences from organizing locally run, locally focused, community-based partnerships (formerly known as Food Planning Associations). Join us for a practical discussion of what works, missteps to avoid and creative ideas for bringing together stakeholders from across your community and unifying them to work toward one goal.

The Power of Short-Term Collaboration
(Friday, October 25 | 9:45-10:55 a.m.)

Katie Hardgrove, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative - Austin
Griffin Kelp, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - Austin
Cameron Lagrone, Food Planning Association Coordinator, Texas Hunger Initiative - Austin
In the nonprofit sector, we spend months, years or decades working to improve the world around us. Only through use of the most effective tools and strategies will we be able to walk a sustainable path to success.

Community Organizing for Food Security: A Conversation on Theory and Practice
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:30-2:40 p.m.)

Marc Jacobson, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - Dallas
Join us for a conversation about how community organizing techniques can be used to promote food security. We'll explore classic community organizing models as well as applications specific to anti-hunger work.We'll examine grasstops vs. grassroots organizing, analyzing the benefits and challenges of each.Come share your experiences and lessons learned from community organizing, while deepening your understanding of the field.

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Utilizing the IT'S TIME TEXAS Free Nutrition Curricula and Initiatives to Build Healthier Communities
(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)

Sara Jefferson, Programs Coordinator, ACTIVE Life
Pat Sutton, Director of Outreach, ACTIVE Life
Discover FREE turnkey nutrition curricula and resourcesdeveloped for implementation in schools, out-of-school time programs and community-based organizations. Attendees will engage in nutrition education discussions, which are re-enforcedby fun games and activities that can be easily implemented in programming for youth, adults and families.

Making the Connection Between Hunger and Good Health
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:05-2:15 p.m.)

Aaron Herrera, Chair, Hunger Free Texans, Houston Food Bank
The links between hunger and poor health have given rise to innovative practices in making the connection that hunger is a health issue which must be addressed in a more systemic sense to include the health care community. The growth of the obesity epidemic has caused us to focus on caloric count, fat and amount offood consumed but leaves out the issue of the level of hunger in America due to a variety of factors, including poor economic climate.Additionally, the lack of nutrition education, access and ability to purchase healthy foods results in dietary shortfalls which can be linked to chronic diseases and, ultimately, rising health care costs in America.This session will examine these issues and how communities' innovative practices can be a part of the solution to make a change.

Using the Socio-Ecological Model to Develop Effective Interventions Aimed at Reducing Food Insecurity and Related Community Health Issues
(Thursday, October 24 | 3:45-4:55 p.m.)

Beth Lanning, Associate Professor of Health Education and Director of the Community Health Undergraduate Program, Baylor University
Eva Doyle, Professor of Community Health Education and Director, MPH in Community Health Education, Baylor University
The socio-ecological model is useful for understanding the impact of multi-faceted systems on community health issues. The presenters will overview the use of this model and evidence-based programming in public health efforts to address hunger. Cultural proficiency concepts and approaches used in public health will be discussed as potential contributors to address hunger, poverty and obesity.

Health and Nutrition
(Friday, October 25 | 9:45-10:55 a.m.)

Buster Lackey, Administrator of Health and Nutrition, Arkansas Department of Human Services
Combining Health and Nutrition in conjunction with the " Let's Move" campaign.

No Waste, No Hunger: Connecting Gardens, Restaurants, Dining Halls and Food Pantries
(Friday, October 25 | 1:30-2:40 p.m.)

Rosemary Townsend, Director of Business Affairs & Community Partnerships, Baylor University
Jenni Moore, BSFCS - Nutrition Science, Campus Kitchen Coordinator, Baylor University
Elizabeth RossBA International Development, Healthy Futures Coordinator, Community Health Corps
Located on 33 campuses across the nation, the Campus Kitchen Project is a nationwide initiative designed to connect school dining halls, local gardens and food pantries through eliminating food waste and providing nutritious meals to the local community. Find out more about the history of this program and how your campus can be a part of the project!

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Linking Community Needs and Nonprofit Resources in Texas (Texas Connector)
(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)
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Liz Darling, President/CEO, OneStar Foundation
Debbie Moffett, Senior Partnership Development Officer, OneStar Foundation
The social sector has become increasingly data-driven as we all seek ways to more accurately determine needs and better measure and demonstrate our impact.This hands-on lab session will teach you how to use and benefit from Texas Connector, an online nonprofit database and mapping tool. Texas Connector bridges the information gap between the areas served by nonprofits and the underserved communities of Texas by displaying statewide nonprofit information pulled from 2-1-1 Texas and GuideStar USA, Inc., demographic and socioeconomic data from Census and American Community Survey and other useful data such as school, transit, civic engagement and volunteerism. The Connector provides a visual "snapshot" of needs and services in Texas that will empower communities, state and local governments, funders and nonprofit leaders to more effectively meet Texas' growing needs. Come see it in action, and learn more about what Connector can do for you!

Feeding Texas: A New Name and Direction for Texas Food Banks
(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)

Celia Cole, CEO, Texas Food Bank Network
The Texas Food Bank Network is changing its name to Feeding Texas and adopting a new strategic direction. Come learn about the Texas One Goal and our plans to feed hungry Texans, lead a unified effort for a hunger-free Texas, and strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of our network.

Strategies for HHSC Community Partners
(Thursday, October 24 | 9:50-11:00 a.m.)

Doug McDurham, Director of Programs, Texas Hunger Initiative
This workshop is for HHSC Community Partners, organizations that have signed a memorandum of understanding with HHSC to help Texans in need apply for benefits, including food, cash and medical assistance through the online benefits application at Representatives of organizations that have initiated the application process to become a Community Partner are also welcome to join this workshop.

Participants will learn about new features and updates to and hear how organizations around the state are incorporating it into their work in creative ways. In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and learn from other Community Partners in their own communities and across the state.

Note: If you are interested in learning about the Community Partner Program, then the Breakout Session, Helping Your Clients Apply for Federal Benefits: The HHSC Community Partner Program, offered on Thursday, October 24, from 1:00-2:10 p.m. in the Houston Room of the Student Union Building will be a better option for your needs.

Helping Your Clients Apply for Federal Benefits: The HHSC Community Partner Program
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:05-2:15 p.m.)

Scott Atnip, Congregational Outreach Director, Texas Impact
Megan Pardy, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - Houston
Rachel Wilkerson, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - Lubbock

Facilitator: Kasey Ashenfelter, Field Director, Texas Hunger Initiative

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has modernized the state's eligibility system to better serve Texans in need. As part of this effort, HHSC is partnering with community and faith-based organizations that can help people in need apply online for benefits, including food, cash and medical assistance. Organizations interested in partnering with HHSC will join a growing network that is trained and capable of assisting Texans with their online benefits application at Diverse organizations such as local congregations, food pantries, health clinics and public schools have discovered that they can assist their clients in new and creative ways by becoming Community Partners. A team of professionals has been deployed across the state to help organizations such as yours become productive and effective Community Partners. Come visit with some of these individuals and learn how you can join this exciting network.

Note: If your organization is already an HHSC Community Partner, then Strategies for HHSC Community Partners, offered on Thursday, October 24, from 9:45-10:55 a.m. in the Houston Room of the Student Union Building, will be a better option for your needs.

Hub and Spoke Food Distribution: One Very Effective Approach to Addressing Micro-Pockets of Food Insecurity
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:05-2:15 p.m.)

Richard Amory, Director of Research, North Texas Food Bank
Rev. Jay Cole, Executive Director, Crossroads Community Ministries
Suzanne Erickson, Director of the Children and Youth Program, The Stewpot
Rebecca Rodriguez, Assistant Director of the Children and Youth Program, The Stewpot
Brenda Streat, God's Truest Miracles
The Hub and Spoke food distribution model provides a way for smaller organizations in the community to distribute a broad selection of nutritious shelf-stable, refrigerated and fresh foods to their neighbors for the lowest possible cost utilizing Crossroads Community Services as a redistribution partner of the North Texas Food Bank.It's a win-win-win for the people served, organizations that want to provide nutritious food without becoming a full-time premier pantry, and the North Texas Food Bank. There are also other extremely important advantages that we will share at our breakout session.

Learning as We Grow:School Gardening in Waco
(Thursday, October 24 | 1:05-2:15 p.m.)

Kristi Pereira, Education Director, World Hunger Relief, Inc.,
World Hunger Relief, Inc. School Garden Coordinators
Participants will learn how World Hunger Relief, Inc. is utilizing theirschool gardening and local education programsas a wayto educatelocal students in areas such as health and nutrition.Participants will also receive atour ofaschool garden anddiscuss the benefits of garden-based education and how it serves as an overall tool for fighting hunger and building community.

Food Insecurity Among Mexican Americans: A Community Engagement Peer Support Model
(Thursday, October 24 | 3:45-4:55 p.m.)

Juan Flores, Executive Director, La Fe Policy Research and Education Center
The Community Engaged Nutrition Action (CENA) Project is a senior-driven empowerment approach to reduce food insecurity and hunger. CENA targets low-income Mexican American (MA) older adults and seniors to decrease their level of food insecurity and nutritional risks through a senior peer-to-peer leadership based Animador (community promoter) model. The model encompasses outreach/referral, nutrition education and community organizing activities. The Project partners are the La Fe Policy Research and Education Center, Martinez Street Women Center, and supported by the AARP Foundation.

SNAP Comes of Age: Finding Solutions to Senior Hunger
(Thursday, October 24 | 3:45-4:55 p.m.)

Leslie Fried, Director, National Council on Aging's Center for Benefits Outreach & Enrollment
Conor McGovern, Senior Research Associate, National Council on Aging
Aging network presenters will provide a snapshot of senior hunger in America, including what we know about this population and their challenges in accessing nutrition assistance.We will showcase the ways SNAP can help alleviate senior hunger, including demonstration projects that are making a difference. We will discuss innovative solutions to address senior hunger and to raise awareness about SNAP eligibility requirements for seniors, as well as identify ways in which the aging and anti-hunger networks can partner in this effort.

Building Sustainable Community Food Programs with the YMCA
(Friday, October 25 | 1:30-2:40 p.m.)

Catherine Alvarado, Grants Manager, YMCA of Greater San Antonio
Kurt Gelhausen, Senior Director of Corporate Relations, YMCA
Learn how YMCAs nationwide are working to serve more snacks and meals to youth in summer and after school programs. We will explore specific examples of the Y's efforts to increase its role in USDA child nutrition programs in San Antonio and the opportunities to replicate successful efforts on a national scale. Discussion will include open dialogue on ways the Y can continue to improve on its efforts to promote sustainable community partnerships, working collaboratively to maximize the impact of CACFP/SFSP funded programs.

Modern Day Gleaning: From Fields to Families in Need
(Friday, October 25 | 9:45-10:55 a.m.)

Michelle Shope, Director of Food Sourcing and Logistics, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Last year, the AR Gleaning Project distributed 1.2 million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables to families in need. This year, the Project is on-track to distribute 1.5 millions of pounds. Through partnerships with the AR Department of Corrections and the AR Department of Agriculture, the program has become a model for the country. Michelle Shope will describe how the Alliance has brought farmers, truckers, state agencies, food banks and community volunteers together to utilize the age-old process of gleaning fields to provide fresh produce to hungry families.

Partnering to Find a Solution: The Important Role of Corporations in Ending Hunger
(Friday, October 25 | 9:45-10:55 a.m.)

Julie Bosley, Associate Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Kellogg Company
Angela Collier, Senior Manager, Walmart Foundation
Jodi Gibson, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Kellogg Company
Matt Smith, Senior Manager, PepsiCo's Food for Good initiative
Kori Reed, Vice President, Foundation and Cause, ConAgra Foods
Moderator: Jeremy Everett, Director, Texas Hunger Initiative
Learn about creative ways corporations are engaging food insecurity in the U.S. We will also be discussing innovative collaborations between corporate foundations and the anti-hunger community. The session will include suggestions for non-profits soliciting grants from the private foundation sector.

Engaging Colleges & Universities in Hunger Work
(Friday, October 25 | 1:30-2:40 p.m.)

Andy Hogue, Lecturer of Political Science and Director of the Civic Education and Community Service Program, Baylor University
College students and college faculty can be great allies in the fight against hunger and food insecurity. Built into the mission of most colleges and universities is a commitment to the common good, and through such things as research, public service and activism, students and faculty have capital to lend if effective partnerships are established.This session will offer several practical models for engaging colleges and universities in hunger work.

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