Below you'll find information about some of the exciting breakout sessions we'll have at this year's summit. Check back often as we're adding sessions regularly!



Shifting Cultural Narratives Around Hunger Together
Wednesday, October 2 | 1:20-2:35
Kristen Castree, A Place at the Table

Part of the reason hunger and poverty have become a crisis in America is that prevailing narratives about the issue are flawed. There is a widespread lack of public understanding about root causes and a notion that our charity response is sufficient (and the only way individuals can help.) A Place at the Table will present key findings from a message framing study conducted with FrameWorks Institute. This study provides the foundation for a messaging and partnerships strategy created to fuel public support for effective, anti-hunger policy, systemic change, and greater economic equity.


A Hidden Crisis: Food Insecurity Among Teens and College Students
Wednesday, October 2 | 1:20-2:35
Katie Thompson, Center for Public Justice’s Shared Justice; Dr. Stephanie Boddie, Baylor University; Ana O’Quin, Baylor University; Shannon Que, Abilene Christian University

Drawing upon their research for the Center for Public Justice in Waco and Abilene, undergraduate student Ana O’Quin (Baylor ‘20), graduate student Shannon Que (Abilene Christian ‘20), and Baylor's Dr. Stephanie Boddie will discuss the state of food insecurity among teens and college students and explore the role of SNAP and civil society institutions in addressing this often-overlooked population.


The 2020 Census in Texas
Wednesday, October 2 | 1:20-2:35
Cassie Davis, Center for Public Policy Priorities

An overview of the 2020 Census, including a Census 101 section, the road to the 2020 Census, and updates on its current status. An overview into what is at stake for Texas in the 2020 Census and a look into who is Texas's hard-to-count populations, and solutions to "Get out the Count".


Utilizing Community Feedback to Take Action
Wednesday, October 2 | 1:20-2:35
Marina Chazco, Texas Hunger Initiative- Austin; Amaí De la Fuente, Texas Hunger Initiative- Austin; Raquel Masco, Single Moms Created4Change Advocacy and Empowerment Center; Sue Beckwith, Texas Center for Local Food; Hillary Long, Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunger Free Community Coalition members and other community-centered groups will share how they have utilized feedback from community members, seniors, food pantry clients, and single moms to take action. This session will also touch on the impact and significance of community voices involved in coalition work with a healthy food access focus.


SNAP in Schools – Removing Barriers to SNAP Access in Oklahoma
Wednesday, October 2 | 1:20-2:35
Treba Shyers, Hunger Free Oklahoma; Chris Bernard, Hunger Free Oklahoma

Oklahoma SNAP participation rates are approximately 75%, which mean many families are not accessing a crucial resource. Low SNAP participation impacts schools in many ways including student performance, academics, state funding, and direct certification rates. SNAP in schools is a public private partnership to train school staff in SNAP outreach and enrollment assistance. Attendees will learn how SNAP in Schools started, how it has been implemented in four Oklahoma school districts, lessons learned in year one and resulting changes in year two, and key components for implementing a SNAP in schools project in their community.


The Relationship between Food Insecurity, Dietary Diversity, and Children Health
Wednesday, October 2 | 1:20-2:35
Dr. Mary Murimi, Texas Tech University

Food insecurity a function of poverty is a threat to the health of little children in the short term and a threat to growth and development of little children on the long term. The compromised immune system increases the morbidity of young children.


Federal Nutrition Policy: Legislation & Rule Changes
Wednesday, October 2 | 1:20-2:35
Celia Cole, Feeding Texas; Jason Gromley, Share Our Strength

Federal policy largely determines how programs are implemented. This panel of experts will provide information about proposed and enacted changes to federal nutrition policy, share how this will impact Texas, and encourage the audience to take action. Topics will include Child Nutrition Reauthorization, categorical eligibility changes to SNAP, and public charge.


Engaging with the No Kid Hungry Campaign
Wednesday, October 2 | 1:20-2:35
Kathy Green, Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign officially launched in 2010. No Kid Hungry invests in communities across the country to equip program partners in their pursuit of ending childhood hunger in America. No Kid Hungry has invested in Texas since 2013 and continues to provide valuable tools and resources for a more food-secure Texas.


The Power of Leadership in Collaborative Response
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:45
Dr. Terry Hockenbrough, Collin College

It takes a power team of diverse leaders from all areas of the community to bring effective change! These successful leaders know the power of inspiration, motivation, focus and collaborative response in addressing real community need. Join us to learn how to build a team that fuels trust, innovation and creativity, resources, and community partnerships.


The Great Breakfast Battle! - Engaging Students to Increase Participation
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:45
Julie Farris, Dallas ISD

Dallas ISD students were challenged to increase breakfast participation at their campus through creative marketing plans. Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services worked with the CTE and NAF students at 4 campuses to assess low participation, devise and implement a marketing plan. Come hear how the Breakfast Battle was won!


An Overview of Medicaid, Texas Health Steps and Managed Care
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:45
Judy Schoenfelder, MAXIMUS

Attendees will learn about the Health Care Orientation requirement for Simplified Medicaid, services available to Medicaid recipients under 20 years of age (Texas Health Steps), and how Medicaid recipients enroll in Medicaid.


Ending Food Deserts Through Christian Community Development
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:45
Jimmy Dorrell, Mission Waco Mission World; Daniel Hiatt, Mission Waco

Using Christian Community Development principles, Mission Waco Mission World created a non-profit grocery store in a food desert of North Waco to address the lack of healthy and affordable food. Almost three years later, the 6500sq' store has been visited by several other cities who also struggle with food deserts in their lower-income neighborhoods. The workshop will address back CCD principles and learnings in the project.


Share Our Strength Rural Food Insecurity Research Findings
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:45
Kathy Green, Share Our Strength

The presentation will provide an overview of findings from an in-depth research study exploring what makes it easier or harder for families in rural areas to provide food for their kids. Share Our Strength and Feeding America partnered on this rural research project with a team of researchers from six universities led by NC State. The study is the first to provide this in-depth exploration of the experiences of food insecurity in rural counties. The study sought to learn more about the circumstances and characteristics of families experiencing food insecurity, and what prevents them from obtaining consistent access to food.


Cooking with the Seasons for Health (CwS4H): Linking Rural Food Banks, Families, and Farms to Improve Nutritional Health
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:45
Dr. Joseph Sharkey, Texas A&M; Andra Smith, Sequim Food Bank

CwS4H, part of a USDA-funded program to Empower Rural Communities and Families on the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington, was developed in response to unique resources, cultural beliefs and traditions, family practices, and other sociocultural factors that influence the lives of low-income children and their families in rural and remote areas of Clallam County, WA. Low-income parent-child pairs participated in hands-on group sessions that addressed economic and time constraints and focused on improving the preferences, confidence, and skills of children in assisting with home food preparation using local produce. Local small- and medium-sized farms provided produce for sessions and take-home Good Food Bags. This session will discuss the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of a collaborative approach that involves food banks, local farms, and an academic institution.


“We Hear You!”: How to Survey Clients to Drive Program Changes
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:45
Elizabeth Barnes, Central Texas Food Bank; Tara Sinicropi, Central Texas Food Bank

Listening to the people you serve is crucial for organizations to be agents of change. Presenters will share their experience implementing feedback loops at mobile pantry sites—designing surveys, collecting responses, interpreting results, responding to feedback, and “closing the loop” with clients. Hands-on exercises will introduce you to survey design and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. Come if you are interested in using client input to make changes to your services.


Rural Food Insecurity Research Findings
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:45
Annie Hardison-Moody, NC State University; Karen Wong, Share Our Strength

This session will provide an overview of findings from an in-depth qualitative research study exploring what makes it easier or harder for families in rural areas to provide food for their kids. Share Our Strength and Feeding America partnered on this rural research project with a team of researchers from six universities led by NC State. The study is the first to provide this in-depth exploration of the experiences of food insecurity in rural counties. The study sought to learn more about the circumstances and characteristics of families experiencing food insecurity, and what prevents them from obtaining consistent access to food.


Engaging with the Food Research & Action Center
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:45
Clarissa Hayes, Food Research & Action Center

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the USA. FRAC works to identify and communicate the connections among poverty, hunger, and obesity; conducts research to document the extent of hunger, its impact, and effective solutions; seeks stronger federal, state and local public policies that will reduce hunger, undernutrition, and obesity; monitors the implementation of laws and serve as a watchdog of programs; provides coordination, training, technical assistance, and support on nutrition and anti-poverty issues to a nationwide network ; and conduct public information campaigns to help promote changes in attitude and policies.



Building a Better Breakfast Program
Thursday, October 3 | 10:20-11:25
Paula Garcia, Slaton ISD; Kim Meeks, Olton ISD

This session will highlight school breakfast and the art of increasing student participation through different types of food, eye-catching presentations, and times you can offer breakfast. It will also provide tips on working with campus administrators on time constraints and different programs with better benefits and how Pre-K menus need to be different.


Poverty in Perspective: the Myth, the Reality, and the Solution
Thursday, October 3 | 10:20-11:25
Ronna Huckaby, Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW)

The face of poverty in Texas might surprise you. CCFW will explain what it means to live in poverty, showcase our proven, poverty-ending solutions and lead an interactive game that highlights the unseen struggles people in poverty face each day.


Strategic Planning Made Simple
Thursday, October 3 | 10:20-1125
Dabney Dwyer, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas

The success of nonprofits is largely dependent upon ongoing strategic planning. The workshop will address the importance of strategic planning and provide simple methods and tools for successful plan development, including implementation and follow-up. Specific examples will illustrate the strategic planning effort contributing to the success of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions.


Strategies to Increase Engagement with Community and Student Leaders
Thursday, October 3 | 10:20-11:25
Jennifer Page, Texas Department of Agriculture

The Texas Department of Agriculture created engagement initiatives to help increase awareness and promotion of Child Nutrition Programs with the goal of increasing participation of school meals in efforts to reduce childhood hunger. You’re invited to learn more about the student initiative Health Ambassadors for a Ready Texas and the Healthy Community Network for elected officials while learning more about the programs promoted. Each initiative challenges leaders to make a difference in local communities.


Meals to You: A Rural, Non-Congregate Summer Meal Alternative
Thursday, October 3 | 10:20-11:25
Doug McDurham, Texas Hunger Initiative

Summer meal programs are a great resource when students don’t get school meals. Unfortunately, children in rural communities are often unable to participate. In response, USDA partnered with the Texas Hunger Initiative to implement a demonstration project this summer. This workshop will provide an overview of Meals-to-You, an innovative solution to get nutritious food to children in areas where SFSP programs are not available or accessible. Participants will hear from members of the outreach, implementation and evaluation teams, as well as plans for program expansion.


Understanding and Innovating the Woman, Infant and Children (WIC) Program
Thursday, October 3 | 10:20-11:25
Loretta Landry, Child Poverty Action Lab

The Child Poverty Action Lab (CPAL), the Dallas, data-centered nonprofit aimed at reducing child poverty by half within a generation speaks about the value of the WIC program, current national and statewide declines in participation, and how human-centered design is identifying solutions for program transformation. Join to better understand all things WIC and how program participants can drive service delivery improvements.


More than a Statistic: Addressing the Immigrant Humanitarian Crisis
Thursday, October 3 | 1:20-2:25
Elaine Hernandez, Texas Hunger Initiative; Marv Knox, Fellowship Southwest

This session will focus on the push and pull factors leading to out-migration from Central America and the humanitarian response from the faith-based sector.


House Rules: Insights for Innovative Leaders
Thursday, October 3 | 1:20-2:25
Larry James, CitySquare

For leaders looking for a “tune up” facilitated by a collection of largely counterintuitive principles and values hammered out over 25-years of community action and engagement. Based on Larry Jame’s new book by the same title, House Rules.


Overview of Hunger Free Community Coalitions Toolkit and Best Practices
Thursday, October 3 | 1:20-2:25
Katie Nye, Texas Hunger Initiative-Austin

Texas Hunger Initiative staff will review the contents of the toolkit, as well as outline examples of “best practices” using real examples from our network of Hunger Free Community Coalitions.


Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope
Thursday, October 3 | 1:20-2:25
Celia Cole, Feeding Texas; Eric Cooper, San Antonio Food Bank

Texas food banks are united under a common mandate: End hunger in Texas. Ending hunger means more than filling empty bellies today; it means ensuring families have the resources to be self-sufficient in the future. The speakers will share how food banks collaborate within their communities to ensure adequate nutritious food for hungry Texans, improve the health and financial stability of the people they serve, and engage all stakeholders in advocating for solutions to hunger.


A Day in the Life: Engaging Teens in Your Community
Thursday, October 3 | 1:20-2:25
Abigail Zimmerman, Waco ISD and THI

From a high school student’s point of view, this session will explore how non-profit organizations can increase involvement from the youth in their community. It will also feature information about a network of high school students who discuss and are actively involved with their school meal programs.


Summer Meals Re-imagined: How "That Pop-up Restaurant" Could Change the Way You Look at SFSP
Thursday, October 3 | 1:20-2:25
Jon Barry, No Kid Hungry – Missouri

The brain-child of the Social Innovation Lab in Topeka, Kansas, That Pop-Up Restaurant, turns the traditional SFSP model upside down. Imagine what you could accomplish if you operated your SFSP like a restaurant.


How Urbanization Threatens Water and Food Security and What We Can Do About It
Thursday, October 3 | 1:20-2:25
Ivy Hamerly, Baylor University

By 2050, we expect to see 90% of the U.S. population and 70% of the world population living in urban areas. Such densely settled areas put a strain on food and water supplies. We need to think about our food production, water usage, and waste processes. There are practical steps we can all take to expand access to nutritious food and clean water. This breakout session will present key findings from the 2019 Gordon Research Conference on Urbanization, Water, and Food Security.


Texas Continues to Recover: Two Years After Harvey
Thursday, October 3 | 1:20-2:25
Katie McConnell, Children at Risk

Just over two years ago, Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Two years later, as families and communities continue to recover, we will look at the work that has been done in regards to recovery and the opportunities to ensure preparedness for the next disaster. The research to be shared was the result of a year long effort by CHILDREN AT RISK and three AmeriCorps Volunteers.


Empathetic Interviewing for Innovative Insights
Thursday, October 3 | 1:20-2:25
Rebecca Kennedy, Baylor University Spiritual Life

As an organizational leader, how often do you put yourself in the shoes of those who use your services/products? Do you really know their needs, wants and desires? In this interactive session, participants will learn tips on how to use empathetic interviewing with end-users (clients, patients, customers, students) that lead to insights for innovative solutions.


Convening and Launching Summer Programs in Rural Areas through Partnership Building
Thursday, October 3 | 3:00-4:05
Barbara Fiese, University of Illinois; Brenda Koester, University of Illinois

Establishing and maintaining summer feeding programs in rural areas is difficult due to limited resources. This workshop will present a model of partnership building strategies to increase participation in summer feeding with local support.


Food Pantry Distribution:  Understanding Implications of the timing and coordination of pantry visits
Thursday, October 3 | 3:00-4:05
Tammy Leonard, University of Dallas; Erika Garcia, North Texas Food Bank; Jesse Kramer Crossroads Community Services

The Community Assistance Research Initiative has been working in collaboration with community partners including Crossroads Community Services and North Texas Food Bank to better understand how the frequency and coordination of pantry visits impact client outcomes. We will lead a conversation with our community partners to discuss research findings and their implications for food pantry services.


Using Marketing Tools to Solve Hunger Issues
Thursday, October 3 | 3:00-4:05
Joann Knox, Dairy MAX

In a country where 20 percent of kids experience food insecurity, yet 18 percent are obese, its distressing to see cafeteria trash bins brimming with unfinished containers of nutrient-rich, low-fat milk, and uneaten farm fresh produce. Marketing could be the answer and knowing your customer is key.


Grant Writing: Play to Win!
Thursday, October 3 | 3:00-4:05
Sonia White, Midwestern State University

Grant writing can be overwhelming and sometimes really hard--but it can also be an effective way to fund your important coalition work! This session will offer tips on how to make your proposal the most effective and persuasive. You will come away with helpful tips and an effective framework for taking on your next grant!


Using Data to Create a Community Needs Assessment
Thursday, October 3 | 3:00-4:05
Katie Nye, Texas Hunger Initiative- Austin; Emily Dean, Episcopal Health Foundation; Dr. Valerie Smith, St. Paul Children’s Clinic

Hear from a panel of experienced professionals as they share examples of how they use free data sets, research, and community feedback to generate reports on the social determinants of health and indicators of food insecurity. Best practice examples from Texas Hunger Initiative's Hunger Free Community Coalitions will be provided as well.


Alleviating Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Next Steps for Research and Policy
Thursday, October 3 | 3:00-4:05
Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois

In this presentation, Gundersen considers the food insecurity literature over the dimensions of the measurement, determinants, and consequences of food insecurity. Within each of these, he covers open questions. He then turns to findings about the efficacy of food assistance and other programs on food insecurity and what these findings imply for current policy considerations, especially for SNAP. He concludes with a discussion about how many (but not all) regulations may impede households’ path to food security.


Supporting Our Seniors in Johnson County
Thursday, October 3 | 3:00-4:05
Mary Easton, Johnson County Hunger Coalition; Nate Starmer, Tarrant Area Food Bank; Josh Pinkston, Promises Community Ministries; Rick Weaver, Keene Adventist Church

One in six Seniors in Johnson County is food insecure. Johnson County Hunger Coalition canvassed community sites for interest in and willingness to provide hunger relief service to Seniors. The specific service is Tarrant Area Food Bank's Senior Share, providing nutritious food seniors can prepare and eat at home. Together we have been able to serve over 2500 people in the last 12 months.


Introducing Alliance to End Hunger
Thursday, October 3 | 3:00-4:05
Minerva Delgado, Alliance to End Hunger

Learn about the Alliance to End Hunger, a national organization engaging diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. You will hear about how we foster strategic partnerships and build political commitments to end hunger. You will gain knowledge of our Hunger Free Communities Initiative and explore our resources and partnership opportunities.


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