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Tuesday, 1:45pm-2:45pm


Hope, Health & Opportunity Through a Backpack & More  

Monica Von Waaden, Hope Austin 

This session will share tips and strategies on operating a multifaceted Backpack Program to ensure students are well nourished through a variety of programs aimed at meeting students on their journey. 

Location: Second Floor, Beckham


Meals-to-You: A Rural Solution for Summer Hunger 

Dr. Cara Cliburn Allen, Baylor University 

The Meals-to-You (MTY) project began in 2019 as a three-year demonstration project of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (BCHP) funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. In this session you will learn about the history of the MTY project from conception through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, and hear how the MTY project is a promising strategy for adapting existing nutrition program responses to meet the challenges children in rural and frontier America face during the summer months. 

Location: Second Floor, Baines



Talking Hunger at the Texas Legislature 

Rachel Cooper, Every Texan 

The Texas Food Policy Roundtable (TFPR) is a coalition of over 50 organizations from across the state dedicated to developing and improving policies to address hunger and creating an equitable, sustainable, and accessible food system for all Texans. Hear about their legislative agenda to tackle hunger in Texas and how you can help. 

Location: Third Floor, Lipscomb


Second Chances and Renewed Hope 

Tim Hamilton, Prison Entrepreneurship Program 

Patrick McGee, Prison Entrepreneurship Program

Juan Vasquez, N-Cell-8 LLC 

One of the Baylor Collaborative’s partner organizations, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), will share how their transformation-focused approach has provided formerly incarcerated individuals a second chance, leading to healthier communities and more financially stable households. A program graduate will then share a first-hand account of their experience in PEP, and the lifelong impact of the program. 

Location: Third Floor, Claypool


Global Food Security: Gaps and Opportunities 

David Austin, World Food Programme 

Jordan Teague, Bread for the World 

Matt Smith, PepsiCo 

Dr. Elsa Murano, The Borlaug Institute 

In this session, the World Food Programme will discuss findings from their report: “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022” and facilitate a panel on repurposing food and agricultural policies to make healthy diets more affordable. Panelists will discuss the root causes of global food insecurity, as well as high-impact solutions to achieve Zero Hunger. In the face of climate change, conflict, COVID-19, and the rising cost of food, attendees will learn how localization, public-private partnerships, and policy can come together to drive change. 

Location: Third Floor, Cowden


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Waco, Texas 76701
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