Below you'll find information about some of the exciting breakout sessions we'll have at this year's summit.



Profile Building and Thought Leadership: Amplifying Your Voice in the 116th Congress
Dana Weekes, Associate, Arnold & Porter
Sara Linder, Senior Policy Specialist, Arnold & Porter


A Toolkit for Developing and Strengthening Hunger Free Community Coalitions
Marc Jacobson, Regional Director and Statewide Organizing Director, Texas Hunger Initiative – Dallas Regional Office

Using Community Assessments to Guide Impactful Action
Kathy Green, Senior Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Central Texas Food Bank
Tresha Silva, Executive Director, Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry and Support Center
Katie Nye, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative – Austin Regional Office


Energy Poverty
Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute

Refugees and Agricultural Practices
Yui Iwase, New Roots Program Coordinator, International Rescue Committee


Visualizing Gaps in Summer Meal Service: A Mapping Approach
Josh Been, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Baylor University Libraries
Sinai Wood, Associate Professor and Documents Librarian, Baylor University Libraries

College Food Insecurity
Nathan Alleman, Associate Professor, Higher Education Studies, Baylor University
Cara Cliburn Allen, Doctoral Candidate, Higher Education Studies and Leadership, Baylor University

Senior Hunger

Screen & Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults
Heather Hartline Grafton, Senior Nutrition Policy and Research Analyst, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)


“Why” Hunger Ministries
Liz Lagawa, Director of Community Engagement, Prosper Waco

Hunger Ministry 101
Stephanie Boddie, Assistant Professor, Church and Community Ministries, Baylor University

Child Hunger

Expand Your Program with AmeriCorps Members
Keven Vicknair, Executive Director, Equal Heart

Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children Evaluation
Jennifer Page, Coordinator of Special Programs for Food & Nutrition, Texas Department of Agriculture
Victoria Rogers, Undergraduate Student, Public Health, Baylor University

Hunger & Health

Faith Health Waco Pilot Program
Jennifer Martinsen, Wellness Coordinator, McLennan Community College
Tim Randolph, Director, Waco Regional Baptist Association

Hunger and Health
Bonnie Faitak, Project Manager, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Office of Community, Health & Recreation



Farm Bill
Jadi Chapman, Legislative Analyst, Feeding America

Public Charge
Sara Albert, Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions
Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Director, City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities & Immigrant Affairs

Texas Legislature
Jenny Eyer, Director, Center for Child Health Research & Policy, Children at Risk


Innovative Collaborative Solutions to Food Insecurity
Wyonella Henderson-Greene, Coalition Coordinator, Texas Hunger Initiative – Dallas Regional Office
Alana Pierre, Manager, North Texas Food Bank
Mary Herbert, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative – San Angelo Regional Office

Using Data to Guide Project Success in Coalitions
Cassandra Nurrutia
Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin
Jennifer Mineo, Senior Health Researcher, Episcopal Health Foundation


Bringing it Home: A New Model to Reach Kids in the Summertime
Kirsten Craft, Innovation Manager, Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry
Derrick Lambert, Senior Program Manager, Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry

What’s for Lunch? Reading Programs at Summer Meal Sites
Lester Meriwether, Executive Director, Literacy Connexus
Betty Teston, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative – San Angelo Regional Office


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Paper Presentation
Tammy Leonard, Associate Professor, Economics, University of North Texas
Sandi Pruitt, Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Senior Hunger

Senior Hunger in Rural Communities
Jessica Tudyk, Program Officer, Mary E. Bivins Foundation

National Council on Aging
Lura Barber, Director, Hunger Initiatives, National Council on Aging

Meals on Wheels Panel


Pastors for Texas Children

Church Partnerships Panel
Stephanie Humphreys
Mary Herbert, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative – San Angelo Regional Office
Missy Herndon, President 
and CEO, Interfaith of the Woodlands

The End of Hunger and Malnutrition: How to Advocate for the Health of Mothers & Children Worldwide
Jenny Dyer, Executive Director, Hope Through Healing Hands

Child Hunger

FRAC & YMCA’s Weekend Meals Resource to Address Child Hunger
Clarissa Hayes, Senior Child Nutrition Analyst, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
Stacey McDaniel, Specialist & National Spokesperson Anti-Hunger Initiatives, YMCA of the USA

Share Our Strength Social Innovation Fund
Rachel Canter, Associate Director, No Kid Hungry Social Innovation Fund, Share Our Strength
Allison De La Cuesta, Field Manager, Social Innovation Fund, Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry
Kirk-Epstein, Associate Director, Research and Policy Analysis, Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry

Kids Can’t Learn if They’re Hungry
Dyron Howell, Executive Director, Snack Pak 4 Kids

Hunger & Health

Food is Medicine: Health Impacts of Food Insecurity Across the Lifespan
Valerie Smith, Pediatrician, St. Paul Children’s Foundation

Feeding More People Through Strategic Partnerships, Expert Procurement, and Creative Logistics
Jordan Laccetti, National Sales Director, McLane Hunger Solutions
Brent Douthit, Regional Sales
Manager Northwest & Mid-West, McLane Hunger Solutions



Incorporating Lived Experience in Coalitions

Action during teacher strikes
Hunger Free Oklahoma

The Right to Food in the U.S.: The Role of SNAP
Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois