Hunger Summit Breakout Sessions

Below are the exciting breakout sessions we had in 2015. 


Community Organizing

Texas Hunger Initiative Network: Food Planning Association Toolkit
(Wednesday, October 7 | 2:15-3:15)

Mallory Herridge, Community Organizing Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative
Erin Nolen, Research Project Manager, Texas Hunger Initiative

For more than five years, Baylor University's the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) has been a leader in the movement to create and support local Food Planning Associations (FPAs): collaborations of organizations and individuals who are committed to making their communities food-secure through improved communication and coordination. This session will feature a look at the yearlong documentation of hunger coalitions in Texas and the creation of the Food Planning Association Toolkit that resulted. The purpose of the toolkit is to serve as a guide for groups and communities interested in developing a coalition to address hunger in their communities. It is available to organizations or individuals that join the Texas Hunger Initiative Network.

Student Engagement to Stop Hunger
(Wednesday, October 7 | 2:15-3:15)

Riya Rahman, Undergraduate Policy Analyst, Texas Hunger Initiative
As part of Baylor University, the Texas Hunger Initiative works closely with students around hunger awareness. In this session, you will learn how to engage college students in the issue of hunger through campus events and volunteer opportunities.

Hunger Volunteer Connection: A Nation's Call to Action
(Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30-4:30)

DeShele Dorsey-Taylor, Hunger Volunteer Connection National Program Director, ConAgra Foods Foundation
Can you imagine what 500,000 volunteer hours could do to transform the issue of hunger in the U.S.? Launched in September 2015, Hunger Volunteer Connection is an initiative that seeks to ignite and catapult volunteering by inviting the public to join together in the fight to end hunger through strategic volunteerism, while preparing community and civic organizations to engage more volunteers in deeper ways. Join this session to learn more about the initiative and how the collaborating partners are working to advance strategic volunteerism through capacity building, tools, resources and the power of connection.

Texas Rural Leadership Program
(Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30-4:30)

Ronnie McDonald, Executive Director of Community Relations & Strategic Partnerships, Texas A&M AgriLife
Lynn B. White, PhD, President, Texas Rural Leadership Program

Texas Rural Leadership Program is helping Texans build vibrant communities through creative vision and inclusive leadership. This session invites you to sit a spell, connect with those around you and become a builder with us!

Take a Positive Approach to Planning: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Get Your Organization on Track
(Thursday, October 8 | 8:30-9:30)

Ashley Bean Thornton, Senior Director for Informed Engagement & Continuous Improvement, Baylor University
Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based planning methodology and philosophy. It is based on the idea that focusing on what you want, instead of what you don’t want, can help a group move forward more effectively. In this session, you will get a basic introduction to the Appreciative Inquiry philosophy and some practical ideas about how to organize and facilitate a planning retreat based on the Appreciative Inquiry methodology.

Hunger Free Communities Model Case Study
(Thursday, October 8 | 9:45-10:45)

Moderator: Rebecca Middleton
Mitch Davis, Director, Global Shared Value, Elanco Animal Health
Dave Miner, Chairperson, Indy Hunger Network

Learn how the Indy Hunger Network got started, what it has accomplished, lessons learned (that which worked and that which did not), and thoughts on supporting Hunger Free Communities in other places.

Coalition-building Approaches to Ending Food Insecurity in Texas
(Thursday, October 8 | 1:30 - 2:30)

Moderator: Mallory Herridge, Community Organizing Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative
Ruben Sanchez, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative-El Paso & Member of the Paso Del Norte Food Policy Council
Marc Jacobson, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative-Dallas & Member of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions
John Puder, Regional Manager for Child Hunger Outreach, Texas Hunger Initiative-Houston & Member of the Houston Sponsor Council/Jefferson County Stakeholder Meeting
Kathy Green, Senior Director of Advocacy & Policy, Capital Area Food Bank & Chair of the Austin Sustainable Food Policy Board

This session will present different coalition-building approaches used to promote food security in communities across Texas. This session will provide an opportunity to hear about the reality and benefits of the following community collaborative approaches to ending food security, such as Food Planning Associations, Food Policy Councils, sponsor councils and stakeholder meetings.

Beyond the Food Drive: Strategic Volunteerism around SNAP, WIC and Summer Meals, Part I
(Thursday, October 8 | 1:30 - 2:30)

Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH)
This session will offer ideas for how to better use volunteers to fight hunger and how to engage skills-based and high impact volunteers in building capacity, conducting benefits outreach, and aiding advocacy.

Strengthening Anti-Hunger Efforts with Faith-Based Organizations
(Thursday, October 8 | 1:30 - 2:30)

Shirley Davidoff, Board Chair, MAZON
Rev. Daniel A. Lizarraga, Regional Organizer - Texas, Bread for the World
Jane Stenson, Senior Director, Poverty Reduction Strategies, Catholic Charities USA

Churches, synagogues and mosques are often on the front-line of anti-hunger food relief efforts in their communities. Come learn how you can engage more deeply with religious institutions in your community to have greater impact your collective anti-hunger efforts.

Beyond the Food Drive: Strategic Volunteerism around SNAP, WIC and Summer Meals, Part II
(Thursday, October 8 | 2:45-3:45)

Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH)
This session will offer ideas for how to better use volunteers to fight hunger and how to engage skills-based and high impact volunteers in building capacity, conducting benefits outreach, and aiding advocacy.

Community Organization, Part II, Hunger Coalitions
(Thursday, October 8 | 2:45 - 3:45)

Kenneth Moerbe, McLennan County Hunger Coalition
Buddy Edwards, Executive Director, Caritas of Waco
Robert Gager, Executive Director, Shepherd’s Heart

This breakout session will focus on the creation of a local coalition that brought about greater collaboration among groups dealing with food insecurity in Waco, Texas. Presenters will tell why they chose to develop a local hunger coalition, how they promoted effective, local collaboration among organizations in McLennan County and how they moved toward local community action to decrease food insecurity.


Health & Wellness


Addressing Access and Consumption: Using the Farm Stand Model
(Wednesday, October 7 | 2:15 - 3:15)

Ashley Hutto, Outcomes Manager, Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute
This session will explore use of the farm stand as a model to address access to fresh produce, as well as, consumption of the produce purchased. For the past five years, the Diabetes Health and Wellness Initiative (DHWI) has hosted a farm stand to provide its underserved South Dallas community with access to fresh fruits and vegetables that are both affordable and of a high quality. The farm stand model has also demonstrated an increase in participant’s consumption.

Meals on Wheels: Opening the Door to More Than a Meal
(Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30 - 4:30)

Erika Kelly, Chief Advocacy and Government Affairs Officer, Meals On Wheels America
The 2015 More Than a Meal Pilot Research Study supported by AARP Foundation and Meals on Wheels America, in collaboration with Brown University’s School of Public Health, demonstrates that the value of Meals on Wheels does not lie solely in the meal served, but also in the social contact and safety check provided to seniors through the in-person home delivery process. This presentation will provide an overview of the study and how Meals on Wheels programs make a positive impact on seniors’ quality of life, social isolation, falls risk, hospital readmission, as well as highlight how the findings can help support community, state and national responses to reducing senior hunger, isolation and healthcare costs.

Shoring up the Foundation for Strong School Nutrition
(Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30 - 4:30)

Angela Olige, Assistant Commissioner for Food and Nutrition, Texas Department of Agriculture
Kathy Green, Senior Director of Advocacy & Policy, Capital Area Food Bank

Over 3 million Texas students access student meals daily at school. These meals are key to ensuring our children are nourished and successful at school. Learn the latest on efforts to support Texas schools in light of recent nutrition policy changes. And find out how you can help your local school district stay on course with good nutrition.

Development and Initial Findings from CARe: A community-academic partnership focussed on supporting the needs of food-insecure Dallas County residents
(Thursday, October 8 | 8:30 - 9:30)

Tammy Leonard, Co-Director, Community Assistant Research (CARe) Initiative; Economist, University of Dallas
Sandi Pruitt, Co-Director, Community Assistant Research (CARe) Initiative; Behavioral and Social Epidemiologist, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas

Presenters will describe the development, initial findings and future directions of the Community Assistance Research Initiative (CARe). CARe represents a unique community-academic partnership dedicated to facilitating cutting edge quantitative and qualitative research to better understand the needs of the food-insecure population in Dallas County, Texas.

Key Takeaways from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Summit
(Thursday, October 8 | 8:30 - 9:30)

Julie Manning, Executive Director, Ohio State University Food Innovation Center
This session will provide an overview of Ohio State University Food Innovation Center (FIC), a multi-disciplinary center supporting collaborative programming and research on food, health and wellness. The session will also include a summary of the key takeaways from the FIC 2015 Dietary Guidelines Summit, a program held in Washington, D.C., in partnership with National Geographic. Topics include how the dietary guidelines can better address the needs of vulnerable populations, insight into consumer behavior and building successful nutrition programs to scale.

Promotora-Academic Partnership to Address Challenges to Health Among Mexican-American and Mexican-Immigrant Children, Adults and Seniors in Texas Border Colonias
(Thursday, October 8 | 9:45 - 10:45)

Joseph Sharkey, Joseph Sharkey, Professor, Department of Health Promotion & Community Health Science & Founding Director, Program for Research & Outreach-Engagement on Nutrition & Health Disparities Solutions, Texas A&M School of Public Health
Elva Beltran, Promatora de salud, Program for Research & Outreach-Engagement on Nutrition & Health Disparities Solutions
Luis Gómez Montelongo, Project & Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator, Program for Research and Outreach-Engagement on Nutrition & Health Disparities Solutions

During this breakout panel, members of this partnership will describe a history of work in functionally rural Texas border colonias to address health challenges through a variety of approaches that examine physical, economic and sociocultural dimensions of food access, availability and health outcomes. The presenters will show the critical role of promotoras de salud (community health workers) as active members of a partnership with the Program for Research and Outreach-Engagement on Nutrition and Health Disparities Solutions at Texas A&M School of Public Health. In addition to research initiatives, this session will describe promotora-led outreach and engagement initiatives that document challenges, resilience, and needs of individuals and communities.

Growing a Healthier School District with School Farms
(Thursday, October 8 | 1:30 - 2:30)

Justin Tuley, Farm Development Manager, IDEA Public Schools
How can school districts re-imagine and revitalize their cafeteria culture using school grown produce? Learn the basics and beginning model of how to grow a farm program using public school owned land to provide thousands of pounds of produce to the cafeteria each year. Hear practical tips on how to sidestep costly pitfalls, work through red tape, and get buy-in from students, teachers, and administrators.

Dallas Healthy Corner Store Initiative
(Thursday, October 8 | 1:30 - 2:30)

Loretta Landry, Regional Manager of Child Hunger Outreach, Texas Hunger Initiative-Dallas
Keilah Jacques, Program Director, Charting the Course
Dixie Hairston, Public Policy Coordinator, Children at Risk

Utilizing collective impact to strategize and plan a healthy corner store initiative in South Dallas’ food desert, local advocacy, nonprofit, corporate and healthcare partners come together to increase access to healthy food. The initiative plans to utilize corner stores as existing access points for new infrastructure of healthy food distribution. The plan also marries nutrition education as a way for families to become informed on a healthier way of life, how to best utilize new healthier foods, and as a mechanism to drive demand for newly available options.

Early Care as the Next Frontier for Obesity Prevention
(Thursday, October 8 | 1:30 - 2:30)

Lauren Dimitry, Health & Fitness Policy Associate, Texans Care for Children
Children develop nutritional preferences and physical activity habits long before they enter the public school system, where most obesity prevention efforts currently take place. In 2008, the prevalence of obesity among U.S. children, ages 2-5, was 14.8 percent, compared with 12.4 percent between 2003 through 2006. Texas, however, has an even higher prevalence of obesity in early childhood, yet only a handful of policies exist to promote healthy childcare environments. Learn more about the nutrition and wellness issues facing our youngest Texans and potential policy interventions as an important step toward the prevention of childhood obesity.

Senior Economic Security: Fighting Senior Hunger through Holistic Benefits Counseling
(Thursday, October 8 | 2:45 - 3:45)

Maggie Flowers, Senior Program Manager of Economic Security, National Council on Aging
Millions of older adults are missing out on benefits that make food, healthcare, and prescriptions more affordable. This workshop will cover the big picture of senior hunger and economic insecurity, share successful person-centered models of benefits assistance that can help you connect with seniors in your community, and highlight a free, web-based program that can help seniors determine their eligibility for benefits.

Justice & Advocacy


Voices That Change the World!
(Wednesday, October 7 | 2:15 - 3:15)

Anne Child, Global Poverty Regional Coordinator, RESULTS
Kathleen Duncan, U.S. Poverty Regional Coordinator, RESULTS
Eloise Sutherland, Expansion Team, RESULTS

RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed, everyday people that use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. RESULTS helps volunteers become skilled advocates, that learn to effectively advise policy makers, guiding them towards decisions that improve access to health, education and economic opportunity.

Payday Lending
(Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30 - 4:30)

Ann Baddour, Director, Fair Financial Services Project, Texas Appleseed
Kristen Bulgrien, Director of Community Partnerships, Helping Hands Ministry

This session equips participants to understand the world of predatory lenders through the lens of working-class families who borrow out of desperation. An interactive simulation and other educational resources are taught to participants as a means to help create community advocates.

Progress Against Hunger in the 84th Texas Legislative Session
(Thursday, October 8 | 8:30 - 9:30)

Rachel Cooper, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)
Lauren Dimitry, Health & Fitness Policy Associate, Texans Care for Children
JC Dwyer, Senior Director of Policy & Communications, Feeding Texas

Learn how a coalition of anti-hunger groups engaged in effective advocacy at the 84th Texas Legislature to make meaningful progress against hunger and unhealthy eating in Texas. New laws and funds affecting your work will be highlighted!

Advocacy: You Want to do More but How?
(Thursday, October 8 | 8:30 - 9:30)

Minerva Delgado, Director of Coalitions and Advocacy, Alliance to End Hunger
Natalie Roetzel, Director of the Texas Office, Alliance for Justice

Would you like to engage in advocacy but are not sure where to start? This session will explore the benefits of advocacy, overcoming barriers to conducting advocacy and how to do it safely within the parameters of your organization’s nonprofit status. Presenters will share new resources and tools to help you jumpstart your advocacy campaign.

Stepping Up your Anti-Hunger Advocacy
(Thursday, October 8 | 9:45 - 10:45)

Minerva Delgado, Director of Coalitions and Advocacy, Alliance to End Hunger
Natalie Roetzel, Director of the Texas Office, Alliance for Justice

Whether you are a novice or champion advocate, how do you take your advocacy program to the next level? Presenters will discuss assessing your organizational capacity and right-sizing your advocacy initiatives. They will also share new tools and train-the-trainer resources to advance your advocacy program.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization
(Thursday, October 8 | 9:45 - 10:45)

Lucy Melcher, Associate Director of Advocacy, Share Our Strength
Kate Sims, Government Relations Associate, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

The child nutrition programs touch the lives of millions of children from low-income households each day, and reauthorization provides an opportunity to improve and strengthen these programs. Research demonstrates the ability of the child nutrition programs to improve educational achievement, economic security, nutrition and health. Learn about current and upcoming legislation opportunities to further improve these important programs, as well as ideas from the field on how to address the barriers to implementing them.

Strategies & Best Practices


Seniors and SNAP: Best Practices from the Field
(Wednesday, October 7 | 2:15 - 3:15)

Conor McGovern, Senior Research Associate, Center for Benefits Access at the National Council on Aging
Erin Kee, Program Specialist for Hunger Initiatives, Economic Security Group at the National Council on Aging

Of all demographics, eligible older adults are the least likely to be enrolled in SNAP. Drawing on insights and experience from the National Council on Aging’s partners in its ongoing Senior SNAP Initiative, presenters will discuss best practices for community-based organizations interested in reaching out to and enrolling seniors in this vital program.

Public Libraries’ Involvement in Summer Meals
(Wednesday, October 7 | 2:15 - 3:15)

Moderator: Loretta Landry, Regional Manager of Child Hunger Outreach, Texas Hunger Initiative-Dallas
Laurie Covington, Senior Manager of Customer Experience Administration, Houston Public Library
Melissa Dease, Youth Services Ambassador, Dallas Public Library
Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant, Texas State Libraries & Archives Commission
Keven Vicknair, Equal Heart
Melissa Dease, Youth Services Ambassador, Dallas Public Library

Hear from representatives of local public library systems, a summer meals sponsor, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as they discuss their involvement in Summer Meals in 2015. Panelists will briefly present their experiences with the program this past summer and a moderated discussion will follow.

Dairy MAX: Supporting School Breakfast Programs
(Wednesday, October 7 | 2:15 - 3:15)

Alyson Kirchner, Vice President of School Sales, Marketing & Operations with Dairy MAX JoAnn Knox, School Wellness Consultant, Dairy MAX
Dairy councils across the U.S. support child nutrition programs in schools by providing dietary expertise and resources, including online tools. Dairy MAX, the local Dairy Council affiliate, will discuss the importance of school breakfast and provide a history of alternative breakfast models to improve participation in school breakfast. Attendees will learn of best practices to improve school breakfast programs and available resources provided by Dairy MAX.

Mapping Hunger Interventions
(Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30-4:30)

Dakota McDurham, GIS Lab Technician, Southwestern University
Doug McDurham, Director of Programs, Texas Hunger Initiative

By layering various types of data onto maps, geographic information systems (GIS) can help anti-hunger activists improve the allocation of resources, promote data sharing and collaboration, identify underserved populations, and respond to changing communities. In this discussion-oriented session, participants will learn how anti-hunger organizations are using maps to better understand their communities and to create more strategic interventions. Participants will also learn about various mapping programs that are available to their organizations. This session is for lay-people; you do not need to be a techie to benefit from this technology.

Community Partner Program: How You Can Help a Neighbor
(Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30 - 4:30)

Ruben Sanchez, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative-El Paso
Jennifer Ashley, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative-Amarillo
Elizabeth Wager, Texas Impact Outreach Coordinator, Texas Hunger Initiative- Waco
Steve Thompson, Emergency Services Director, Wilkinson Center

This session focuses on how and why your organization can become an HHSC Community Partner to provide access to you clients, parishioners, and neighbors to the resources available through

Sponsoring Meals Year-Round: Transitoning from Summer to Afterschool
(Thursday, October 8 | 8:30 - 9:30)

Hannah Kane, Children’s Programs Supervisor, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas
A representative from a central Texas Summer and Afterschool Meals sponsor will talk about her experience in transitioning between the two programs. The presentation will provide an overview of best practices and will troubleshoot potential barriers.

Strategies to Address Food Insecurity among People with Disabilities
(Thursday, October 8 | 8:30 - 9:30)

Ellen Vollinger, Legal/Food Stamp Director, FRAC
As discussed in a 2015 report from FRAC, poverty, hunger, and food insecurity disproportionately affect Americans who have communicative, mental, or physical disabilities. One in five SNAP households contains a person with disabilities. This session will discuss the challenges and opportunities for meeting the nutrition needs of Texans with disabilities. It will outline special program rules, model policies, partnerships and outreach approaches for maximizing SNAP’s supports for this vulnerable population.

The Geography of Food Insecurity in the United States: What do we Know and What do we Need to Know?
(Thursday, October 8 | 9:45 - 10:45)

Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy in the Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics, University of Illinois & Executive Director, National Soybean Research Laboratory
A household’s food insecurity status is due to a number of factors including, among multiple other determinants, income levels, assistance programs, household structure, and where it is located. While household-based factors have received extensive coverage in the food insecurity research literature, geography has only recently received more attention. In this session, Gundersen will first describe the geography of food insecurity in the U.S. and Texas using Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap and then turn to recent findings from the food insecurity literature about the importance of location.

What’s for Lunch? Feeding Kids’ Bodies and Minds at USDA Summer Meal Sites
(Thursday, October 8 | 9:45 - 10:45)

Linda English, Clinical Assistant Professor of Economics, Baylor University
Lester Meriwether, Executive Director, Literacy Connexus

USDA Summer Food Service Program sites that incorporate physical activities or enrichment opportunities into their program experience increased participation in the meal programs. Activities that improve access to books and help nurture participants’ interest in reading are of particular interest, since these activities may accomplish a complementary goal of improving reading skills among the program participants. This session will highlight several existing meal sites that combine reading programs with summer meals. Best practices will be shared, along with suggestions for finding reading materials and recruiting volunteers. Persons interested in adding a reading component to their summer meals programs will benefit from reviewing case studies and learning about available resources.

No Kid Hungry Innovation in School Meals
(Thursday, October 8 | 9:45 - 10:45)

Wendy Bolger, Director, Program Innovation Strategy at Share Our Strength
This session will discuss findings to date from the experimentation work done at schools across the country by the Program Innovation team at Share Our Strength, including tests to improve school breakfast participation through marketing and through improved use of alternative breakfast models. It will also highlight current pilots that are testing new models for afterschool meals, as well as engage the audience to hear your creative, innovative approaches to common hurdles in increasing meal access.

Thinking Outside the Box: WIC clinics as SFSP sites
(Thursday, October 8 | 1:30-2:30)

Kassandra Burnias, Children’s Program Manager, San Antonio Food Bank
Brandon Knox, Senior Program Specialist, USDA
Norma Sifuentes, WIC Director San Antonio

The recent initiative to serve meals at WIC clinics will be discussed as well as the background discussions/partnerships it took to pull together a project of this nature. This initiative involved the Food Bank, Texas Department of State Health Services, local WIC office, Texas Department of Agriculture, and USDA/FNS. With everyone working together, this initiative was a huge success, providing meals to children at their WIC clinic sites as well as informing them of other sites in the area.

Community Eligibility: Feeding All Students for Free
(Thursday, October 8 | 1:30 - 2:30)

Rachel Cooper, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)
Katie Hardgrove, Regional Director & Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative - Austin
Learn how schools can use the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to fight childhood hunger by providing free meals to all students while also raising revenue.

Battling Hunger on the Homefront
(Thursday, October 8 | 2:45 - 3:35)

Shirley Davidoff, Board Chair, MAZON
Erika Kelly, Chief Advocacy & Government Affairs Officer, Meals on Wheels America

Hunger is an issue which disproportionately impacts veterans and increasingly affects active duty personnel and their families. Learn more about these challenges as well as efforts to combat them through policy and programs.

Food Access Apps
(Thursday, October 8 | 2:45 - 3:45)

Ruby Ku, Product Manager, Aunt Bertha
JC Dwyer, Senior Director of Policy & Communications, Feeding Texas
Julia Marquez, Manager of Social Services, North Texas Food Bank

Apps can help organizations leverage important information for their clients, staff, and advocates. Representatives from Aunt Bertha and Feeding Texas will demo apps that help connect people with community resources. Come prepared to learn new tips and tools for your organization.

State Partnerships to Improve Participation in School Breakfast
(Thursday, October 8| 2:45 - 3:45)

Moderator: Taylor McKinney, Breakfast Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative
Shelly Copeland, Director of Child Nutrition, Spring Independent School District
Randy Milton, Assistant Director of Child Nutrition, Beaumont Independent School District
John Puder, Regional Manager of Child Hunger Outreach , Texas Hunger Initiative-Houston

Across Texas, coordinated efforts of state organizations, nonprofits, school districts and advocacy groups have been successful in improving participation in school breakfast through the maximization of combined resources. This panel provides an in-depth view of how local groups in Southeast Texas have joined together to ensure students start their day full and prepared to learn. Discussion will focus on how attendees can coordinate local partnerships and efforts to improve participation in school breakfast.

Corporate Engagement
(Thursday, October 8 | 2:45 - 3:45)

Julie Bosley, Associate Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Kellogg Company
Angela Collier, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Foundation
Kori Reed, Vice President, Foundation & Cause, ConAgra Foods
Matt Smith, Senior Manager, PepsiCo's Food for Good Initiative
Earning trust, establishing rapport and garnering community buy-in are essential in strengthening access to resources and benefis and bulding capacity among individuals and organizations facing food insecurity. This session will provide insight into how to engage key leaders from various positions of influence.

Koinonia: The Bond of a Commonality and Community
(Thursday, October 8 | 2:45 - 3:45)

Angela Morehead, Executive Director, Preserving US
Gilbert Pedroza, Community Director, Cohen-Esrey Communities

Being part of a community is about more than just where we live; it’s dependent on how we live with the people around us and on identifying the qualities that make us the same. This session will highlight Astoria Park Apartments, an Amarillo, Texas, community where 75 percent of the residents are immigrants from Burma. Astoria Park is a thriving community of people from all nationalities living together, bonded by the commonality of growing and sharing food. A brief video will be shown during this session highlighting how organizations from the community came together to make this property a success.