Hunger Summit Breakout Sessions

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

Health | Community Organizing | Justice | Regional Breakouts


Farmers Markets and Food Access
(Wednesday, October 1 | 1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Carmen Sosa, Market Director, Rose City Farmers Market

Innovative solutions to bridging the access gap between farmers, markets and consumers are being implemented in East Texas. This session will provide information on successful projects and offer ideas on how to implement them in your community.

Helping Your Client Apply for Federal Benefits & the HHSC Community Partner Program
(Wednesday, October 1 | 1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Jennifer Ashley, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - Amarillo Regional Office
Ruben Sanchez, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - El Paso Regional Office

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) 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 individuals in need apply for benefits online, 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.

Strategies for HHSC Community Partners
(Wednesday, October 1 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Vicky Martinez, Social Services Manager, Tarrant Area Food Bank
Dawnetta Smith, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - Fort Worth Regional Office
John Stack, Certified Community Partner Program Client Navigator, NETWORK of Community Ministries, Inc.

This workshop is for Health and Human Services Commission (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.

Fuel Up to Play 60: Making Fitness Fun!
(Thursday, October 2 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Alyson Kirchner, Vice President of School Marketing, Dairy MAX
Joann Knox, School Wellness Consultant, Dairy MAX
Jennie McDowell, Director of Industry Marketing, Dairy MAX

Fuel Up to Play 60 is the leading in-school health and wellness program. It is active in 73,000 schools across the country and impacts 38 million kids each year. Fuel Up to Play 60 works because it is fun and student-led. Join us to learn about the impact this program is having on local communities.

Collaborating for Clients (Thursday, October 2 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Eileen Hyde, Director of Network Engagement, Feeding America
Katie Malaspina, VISTA Program Coordinator, Feeding Texas
Reggie Young, Creative Partnerships Manager, Houston Food Bank

This session will provide an overview of the complexity of food insecurity and the need for collaboration with different sectors in order to address the causes and consequences of hunger. Speakers will share information about the work that is happening at the local, state and national level to increase collaboration and break down silos in order to solve hunger. This session will highlight how partnerships between food banks and other organizations offer the opportunity to help hungry Texans achieve long-term health and financial security.

Youth Access to Nutritious Food
(Thursday, October 2 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.)

Sophia Garman, Student at Rapoport Academy and former intern at Texas Hunger Initiative - Waco Regional Office

Youth in the United States face significant barriers in accessing nutritious food including availability, affordability and awareness of what healthy food is. The general healthiness of the United States closely correlates with the standard of its school lunches. The United States can adjust its approach to school lunches and healthy eating by modeling the efforts of countries that rank highest in overall healthiness such as France and the Netherlands.

Association of Food Insecurity and Diabetes-Type 2
(Thursday, October 2 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.)

Georgina Bradshaw, RN, Program Coordinator for Diabetes Hands On, Food Bank of Corpus Christi
Luz Neira, Ph.D., Director of Nutrition Health & Wellness, San Antonio Food Bank

Adults affected by food insecurity follow compensatory strategies to cope with it and rely on low-cost, energy dense foods for much of their caloric intake. These inexpensive foods are usually calorically dense and low in nutritional value and may increase the risk of obesity, especially in women. Obesity and food insecurity are strong risk factors to the development of type-2 diabetes.

The Negative Consequences of Proposed and Actual Changes to SNAP and the National School Lunch Program
(Thursday, October 2 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

SNAP and the National School Lunch Program have been enormously successful in improving the well-being of low-income families in the United States. In this presentation, Dr. Gundersen will review the negative consequences of recent changes in the National School Lunch Program and the expected negative consequences that would occur if proposed changes to SNAP were implemented.

Fit to Grow: Community Gardens Promote Healthy Eating & Active Living
(Thursday, October 2 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Ray Bader, District Extension Administrator for Far West Texas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Denise Rodriguez, County Extension Agent - Horticulture, El Paso County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
David Weaver, CEO, South Plains Food Bank

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in El Paso has developed a youth community garden as a collaborative program with various county partners. Under the guidance of the El Paso Master Gardeners, youth from the Juvenile Probation department and the neighboring community built the initial raised beds. The garden has developed into a multifaceted resource center and hosts gardening workshops and demonstration programs thought the year for citizens of all ages.

Health Care and Family Economic Security: Progress and Challenges Covering Texans and Implementing the Affordable Care Act
(Friday, October 3 | 8:50-9:30 a.m.)

Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director, Enroll America

Participants will learn about the diverse network of Texas organizations working to provide outreach, application assistance and enrollment in health care coverage from Medicaid-CHIP to the Marketplace. We will discuss where Texas stands today in coverage, needs for the next Marketplace enrollment period, and the challenges and opportunities Texas must face to close the current Coverage Gap for U.S. citizen adults below the poverty line.

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Community Collaboration in Action: Afterschool Meals (CACFP) in Waco
(Wednesday, October 1 | 1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Michelle Kopel, Senior Manager of Operations for Food on the Move, CitySquare - Dallas
Kelsey Miller, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative - Waco Regional Office

This session provides a glimpse into the challenges and successes that arose through the formation of the partnership that successfully brought the federally funded At-Risk Afterschool Meals program to Waco in spring 2014 and laying the ground work for the meal program, as well as best practices for community outreach and collaboration for the benefit of those who wish to start a CACFP program in their own community.

Hunger Free Communities: Moving Toward a Greater Collective Impact
(Wednesday, October 1 | 1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Rebecca Middleton, Chief Operating Officer, Alliance to End Hunger

This session will focus on the current and future work of the Alliance to End Hunger’s Hunger Free Communities (HFC) Network. The HFC Network supports broad-based, multi-sector coalitions that are committed to ending hunger in their communities. At their core, these initiatives are formed around the belief that, to end hunger at the local level, a broad range of community stakeholders must unite behind a common vision and strategy. As the program enters its fifth year we are looking to expanded participation and opportunities for engagement and support.

Data-driven Strategies: Streamlining SNAP Enrollment for Seniors
(Wednesday, October 1 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Rachel Cahill, Director of Policy, Benefits Data Trust
Eric Cooper, President & CEO, San Antonio Food Bank

Although only 40 percent of seniors participate in SNAP, low-income seniors participate in other government programs at much higher rates. Targeted data-matching to identify seniors enrolled in one program (like Medicaid) but not SNAP has proven to be a highly effective and cost-efficient SNAP outreach strategy. When combined with high quality, phone-based application assistance, this data-driven strategy is moving the needle on SNAP participation in several states.

School Breakfast: From Policy to Plate
(Wednesday, October 1 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Jenny Eyer, Assistant Director for Health and Nutrition, CHILDREN AT RISK
Karen Banks, Program Manager, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, Share Our Strength
Lark Duncan, Dietician, Food & Nutrition Services, Mesquite ISD

The School Breakfast Program can help children get the nutrition they need to learn and play when offered at the beginning of the school day, in the classroom and at no charge to students. Join us to explore how schools in the Lone Star State can make the most of the School Breakfast Program. Hear about exciting national and state policies that are making it easier for kids to get a healthy meal in the morning, learn about innovative models to serve more kids, and listen to stories from the field of successful school breakfast programs.

Data Visualization 101
(Thursday, October 2 | 9:30-10:30 p.)

Rachel Wilkerson, Research Project Manager, Texas Hunger Initiative

Data helps us target outreach, inform strategy and understand neighborhood dynamics. This session will offer an overview of publicly available civic data, provide a guide to framing data-driven questions, and will explore the tools necessary to craft a compelling visualization. Come prepared to learn a few simple techniques to leverage available data.

Engaging Our Churches in Hunger & Poverty
(Thursday, October 2 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Moderator: Dustin Kunz, Research Project Manager, Texas Hunger Initiative
Jana Jackson, Director of Family & Community Ministries, Dallas Baptist Association
Sheena Meade, Interim Deputy Director, Southern Hub, Bread for the World
Katie Murray, Christian Advocacy Specialist, Wilshire Baptist Church

Congregations are a powerful and committed resource in the fight against hunger and poverty. This session will highlight three different organizations engaging in these issues in unique ways. Come hear their stories and learn how your local churches and other faith-based organizations can address food insecurity.

Identifying & Implementing Best Practices in Combating Summer Hunger
(Thursday, October 2 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Loretta Landry, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative - Dallas Regional Office
Laura Ortiz, Food Program Coordinator, Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
Gene Roblyer, Director of Nutrition Services, Texas City ISD

Summer Feeding Program (SFP) sponsors strive to provide nutritious meals to children who might lack access to regular meals when school is not in session. This interactive session will explore strategies and increase access to Summer Meals programs for low-income children. Hear from a faith-based nonprofit, an independent school district and an anti-hunger community organization about their efforts to end summer hunger for Texas children. Bring your own experiences and questions for a discussion about current summer meals efforts and opportunities to grow program participation in the future.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) & Asset-Mapping: Addressing Poverty at the Community Level by Unlocking Everyone’s Gifts
(Thursday, October 2 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.)

Dan Duncan, CEO, H. Daniels Duncan Consulting and Faculty Member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University

Improving the lives of the families and their members in today’s world requires the people we serve to be involved as co-producers of their own and their community’s well-being. It also requires agencies and institutions to 'lead by stepping back' to create space for citizen action and engagement. This session will review the principles of ABCD and the tools organizations and communities can use to address poverty and food insecurity.

Silver Waves and Golden Opportunity: Economic Insecurity for Older Adults
(Thursday, October 2 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.)

Lura Barber, Senior Program Manager for Hunger Initiatives, National Council on Aging

By 2020, nearly 75 million Americans will be 60 or older. For many of these new seniors, the thought of retiring is a gamble, and Social Security will provide only a modest lifeline as the cost of healthcare, food and shelter rise. This session will explore myths and facts about senior economic security, how economic insecurity affects senior food security and health outcomes and four proven options for seniors to boost their economic security.

Community Organizing to End Food Insecurity
(Thursday, October 2 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Kenneth Moerbe, Ph.D., McLennan County Hunger Coalition
Marc Jacobson, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - Dallas Regional Office
Mary Herbert, Regional Director, Texas Hunger Initiative - San Angelo Regional Office

This session will feature community organizing efforts related to hunger/food insecurity in Waco, Dallas and San Angelo. The session will provide an opportunity to hear about the creation of hunger coalitions in these communities and to present the possibilities for local hunger coalitions in Texas to collaborate in the future to fight hunger and food insecurity in Texas.

Reframing the Hunger Narrative in America
(Thursday, October 2 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

David Lee, Executive Director, Feeding Wisconsin

The stories we tell about hunger in America and the people who utilize hunger relief programs are fundamental to our ability to build the movement and mobilize the public. But what if the stories we’ve been telling inadvertently groove negative narratives? This session will offer important insights about American attitudes toward hunger and anti-hunger programs gleaned from a recent national poll and messaging project conducted by Feeding America and help participants begin to reframe a more positive, empowering narrative about hunger in America.

Supporting Summer Meal Sponsors: Utilizing the Results of the National Summer Food Sponsor Survey
(Thursday, October 2 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Kate Sims, Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)
Kathy Krey, Ph.D., Director of Research, Texas Hunger Initiative

Summer meal sponsors are critical stakeholders in increasing access to summer meals across the country. In 2014, Share Our Strength and FRAC conducted the first-ever national survey of summer meal sponsors. The survey results provide greater insight into how sponsors operate their programs, the challenges they face and their plans for the future. Texas Hunger Initiative collaborated with Share Our Strength and FRAC on administering the survey and then analyzed the Texas responses for a unique look into the issues facing Texas sponsors. This will be a conversation about the national and Texas survey results, strategies for supporting sponsors and the resources available to do so.

Maximizing Impact through Statewide Partnerships
(Friday, October 3 | 8:00-8:40 a.m.)

Moderator: Kori Reed, Vice President, Foundation and Cause, ConAgra Foods
Susan Ballabina, Ph.D., Associate Director for Program Development, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Celia Cole, CEO, Feeding Texas
Doug McDurham, Director of Programs, Texas Hunger Initiative

Hear from representatives from three large, statewide organizations who are working to reduce hunger and poverty in Texas. They’ll share experiences and success stories from engaging in large-scale partnerships and will also offer ideas for how you can get involved.

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Innovative Approaches to Reducing Hunger in Our Country's Poorest Rural Communities
(Wednesday, October 1 | 1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Max Finberg, Coordinator, StrikeForce and Cultural Transformation Initiatives

This session will cover USDA's StrikeForce Initiative to increase access to federally funded programs for children in rural communities across the country and highlight the role that AmeriCorps volunteers are playing to address some of our countries greatest needs.

Motivating Change Through Storytelling Techniques
(Wednesday, October 1 | 1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Katie Malaspina, VISTA Program Coordinator, Feeding Texas
Erin Nolen, Research Project Manager, Texas Hunger Initiative
Grace Norman, Regional Director, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative - Lubbock Regional Office

This session will provide an overview of storytelling methods and why it’s crucial to learn from people living in poverty to inform advocacy and program and policy decisions. Two case examples will be presented: Feeding Texas’ Storybanking project and the Texas Hunger Initiative’s Photovoice project. The cases will highlight how project participants engage in storytelling through different formats including audio interviews, photography and written story for the purpose of promoting critical dialogue and knowledge about experiences relating to food insecurity and poverty.

Tackling Hunger & Poverty in the U.S.: Learning from Past Policy Battles to Forge Effective Strategies Going Forward
(Wednesday, October 1 | 1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Ellen Vollinger, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

While recent debates over domestic poverty may seem extreme, they fit within the arc of a pendulum that has been swinging since the nation’s birth. This year marks the 50th anniversary of SNAP as a permanent national program. It also marks 36 years since a goal of 4 percent or lower unemployment was set for the nation. What have we learned from policy battles over those years? This session will examine some major recurring themes in full employment and nutrition policy battles since the 1960’s and offer perspectives for future strategies to address the root causes of poverty and achieve a hunger free U.S.

Engaging Those with Influence
(Wednesday, October 1 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Moderator: Loretta Landry, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Texas Hunger Initiative - Dallas Regional Office
Angela Collier, Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs, Walmart
Daniel Collins, Deputy Legislative Director, Senator Jose R. Rodriguez - Texas Senate District 29
Harriett Phillips, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Office of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe
Kori Reed, Vice President, Foundation and Cause, ConAgra Foods

Earning trust, establishing rapport and garnering community buy-in are essential in strengthening access to resources and benefits and building capacity among individuals and organizations facing food insecurity. This session will provide insight into how to engage key leaders from various positions of influence.

Leading Toward Change: Developing Models to Guide Hunger and Poverty Work
(Wednesday, October 1 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Andy Hogue, Ph.D., Lecturer of Political Science and Director of Civic Education and Community Service Program, Baylor University

One of the most important things we confront is the 'how' question. We all want to achieve impact, but we have many options and confront a wide range of theories about how to do that. This session is designed to help us think together about the usefulness of a logic model to guide our work toward its desired impact.

Making the Most of a Moment of Transition: Fighting Hunger Amidst Change at the Texas Capitol in 2015
(Wednesday, October 1 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Jason Sabo, Lobbyist, Political Strategist and Founder of Frontera Strategy

With a new governor comes new politics, new policies, and new people at most Texas state agencies. A new Lieutenant Governor and eight new Senators will rearrange the upper chamber's committees. What does all this change mean for hunger policy? What can Texans fighting hunger do now to prepare for the tumultuous next session and make the most of the opportunities presented by the changes? This fast-paced session will provide real world political context and practical tips for surviving and thriving under the dome in Austin.

Church and School Partnerships in Food Security
(Wednesday, October 1 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Charles Johnson, Pastor, Bread Fellowship of Fort Worth

Pastors for Texas Children (PTC) provides "wrap-around" care and ministry to local schools, principals, teachers, staff and school children. This independent organization is comprised of pastors and church leaders from across the state, organizing to support quality public education opportunities for all Texas children. PTC stands with and for our children, families and communities throughout Texas, and offers solutions that will guard the values of all Texans. This session will give an overview of PTC’s work and strategies for how you can join in supporting public schools and their students.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 101: Building on Previous Successes and Ideas for Continued Improvement
(Thursday, October 2 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Lucy Melcher, Associate Director for Advocacy, No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength
Kate Sims, Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

The child nutrition programs touch the lives of millions of low-income children 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 legislative opportunities to further improve these important programs, as well as ideas from the field on how to address barriers to implementing them.

In Short Supply: Balancing Household Needs
(Thursday, October 2 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Brenda Koester, Assistant Director of the Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois

Millions of people use food pantries every week to supplement their basic food needs and there has been an increasing demand on food pantries to provide non-food items such as personal hygiene products. During this session, results of the Basic Household Needs study will be presented. The purpose of this study was to identify what personal household products food pantry clients are most likely to find essential for basic living, the consequences for going without, and strategies individuals use to procure basic products when economic resources are limited.

Better Texas Family Budgets: What Families Need to Earn to Get By and Ahead in Texas
(Thursday, October 2 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.)

Laura Rosen, Policy Analyst and OpportunityTexas Coordinator, The Center for Public Policy Priorities

This session will share local data on what families in Texas need to earn to get by and get ahead using the Center for Public Policy Priorities' (CPPP) Better Family Budgets tool as well as highlight policies and programs to help improve the economic mobility of Texas families. It will also include a screening of CPPP's documentary, A Fighting Chance.

Hunger in America 2014: Putting Research to Work
(Thursday, October 2 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.)

Richard Amory, Director of the Hunger Center of North Texas, North Texas Food Bank
JC Dwyer, Senior Director of Policy and Communications, Feeding Texas
Theresa DelVecchio Dys, Manager of Social Policy Research and Analysis, Feeding America

Feeding America's Hunger in America (HIA) study series is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive insight into charitable food distribution in the United States. The 2014 report made national news this summer; in part by its estimate that 1 in 4 household with a current U.S. Military member is served by the Feeding America network. This session will explore: 1) how hunger relief advocates and service providers can use HIA 2014 to guide and support national, statewide and local efforts and 2) how developing local research initiatives and client data systems can help food banks create strategy, build the case for support and improve service.

The 84th Session: Legislation Affecting Hunger & Poverty in Texas
(Thursday, October 2 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.)

Moderator: Jeremy Everett, Director, Texas Hunger Initiative
Celia Cole, CEO, Feeding Texas
Mandi Kimball, Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, CHILDREN AT RISK
Bee Moorhead, Executive Director, Texas Impact

Want the inside scoop on what’s on the agenda for hunger and poverty-related legislation during the upcoming legislation session at the Texas Capitol? Join the Texas Food Policy Roundtable to learn about its priorities this year. This breakout session will also be an opportunity for participants to share their own experience and insights to help shape and refine these hunger- and poverty-related legislative priorities.

Demographic Trends & Challenges in the United States & Texas
(Thursday, October 2 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Mike Cline, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, Rice University

The future demography of the United States resembles the Texas of today. This session will present current and projected demographic trends for Texas and the United States and how those changes will likely impact both the demand for and the delivery of social services. Four major trends will be discussed, including: population growth, urbanization, racial/ethnic diversification and population aging.

Senior Hunger: Facts, Programs, Partnerships & Policies
(Thursday, October 2 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

Ucheoma Akobundu, Ph.D., R.D., Director of Project Management and Impact, Meals on Wheels Association of America
Erika Kelly, Chief Advocacy Officer, Meals on Wheels Association of America
Mary Teeters, Vice President for Client Services, Meals on Wheels and More

Since 2012, national levels of hunger have remained relatively stable; however, for senior Americans during the same time period, the number affected has not only grown but has grown at an unprecedented pace. And while hunger is costly both personally and economically at any age, senior hunger presents a unique challenge to the nation because of its fiscal consequences. In this panel session, national and local topic experts will give an overview of the issue of senior hunger and its impacts and showcase the programs, partnerships and policies that are key to solving this growing problem.

Reining in Usurious Payday and Auto Title Lending in Texas: From a Cycle of Debt to a Cycle of Success
(Friday, October 3 | 8:00-8:40 a.m.)

Ann Baddour, Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Appleseed
Rucker Preston, Executive Director, Helping Hands Ministry of Belton

Payday and auto title businesses sell short-term loans to families in desperate straits-often carrying annual percentage rates of 500 percent or more. Over the past two years, these businesses have drained $2.7 billion in excess fees from struggling Texas families, and nearly 74,000 people have lost cars to these high-cost lenders, too often after paying more in fees than the original loan amount. This panel will offer information about the problem and show what Texas faith communities and nonprofits are doing to work toward a solution.

Q & A with the USDA
(Friday, October 3 | 8:00-8:40 a.m.)

Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
Bill Ludwig, Southwest Regional Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

During this session, Audrey Rowe and Bill Ludwig will engage in discussion and provide firsthand information. This will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions about policy, programs, food insecurity and poverty.

Fair & Equitable Lending Practices: How to Become a Community Advocate
(Friday, October 3 | 8:50-9:30 a.m.)

Ann Baddour, Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Appleseed
Rucker Preston, Executive Director, Helping Hands Ministry of Belton

This interactive 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 and educators.

Informing Our Country’s Efforts: RTI International’s Food Security Report
(Friday, October 3 | 8:50-9:30 a.m.)

Andrea S. Anater, PhD, MPH, MA, Public Health Nutrition Researcher, RTI International

The National Commission on Hunger was recently formed to look into issues of food insecurity and what our nation can do to solve it. As part of this Commission, RTI International was tasked with creating a comprehensive report on the state of food security in the U.S. This session will provide an overview of what is included in this report as well as information on other exciting projects RTI International is working on.


Regional Breakout Sessions
(Thursday, October 2 | 1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Together at the Table is designed to be a time for individuals to come together and learn from and with each other. This year we have included time specifically for attendees from the same regions to work with each other. The Regional Breakout Sessions will provide a platform for conversation, networking, team-building and strategizing among people from similar geographic regions. The goal is for participants to leave the Summit with new relationships and fresh ideas, better equipped to collaborate and fight poverty in their own communities.

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