Hunger Summit Breakout Sessions


Here are the exciting breakout sessions we have confirmed so far. Keep checking back for more updates!


Addressing Access and Consumption: Using the Farm Stand Model
Ashley Hutto, Outcomes Manager, Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute
Description: 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 5 years, the Diabetes Health and Wellness Initiative (DHWI) has hosted a Farm Stand to provide our underserved South Dallas community with access to fresh fruits and vegetables that are both affordable and high quality.

Community Eligibility: Feeding All Students for Free
Rachel Cooper, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)
Description: 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.

Community Organization, Part II, Hunger Coalitions
Kenneth Moerbe Buddy Edwards, Executive Director, Caritas of Waco Robert Gager, Executive Director, Shepherd’s Heart
Description: This breakout session, which is a follow up to the 2014 session related to coalitions, will focus on the following three questions about the creation of local coalitions to bring greater collaboration among groups in dealing with food insecurity: Why develop a local coalition? How do you start a coalition to promote effective, local collaboration? And finally, what do you do to move toward local community action regarding decreasing the level of food insecurity?

Congressional Update on Federal Nutrition Policy
Anne DeCesaro, Professional Staff for Nutrition, House Committee on Agriculture
Description: Having just completed the 2014 Farm Bill, the House Agriculture Committee, now under the leadership of Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), has taken the initiative to conduct a top-to-bottom review of SNAP and the other nutrition assistance programs. The Committee’s Professional Staff for Nutrition, Anne DeCesaro, will focus on the Congressional status of nutrition policy and the Chairman’s preliminary thoughts as the Committee moves toward the next reauthorization. Considerable time during the session will be devoted to audience questions.

Dallas Healthy Corner Store Initiative
Loretta Landry, Dallas Regional Manager of Child Hunger Outreach, Texas Hunger Initiative Katherine Lindholm, Keilah Jacques,
Description: 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 healthy food access. 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.

Development and Initial Findings from CARe: A community-academic partnership focussed on supporting the needs of food insecure Dallas County residents
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
Description: We describe the development, initial findings, and future directions of CARe, the Community Assistance Research iniative. 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, TX.

Growing a Healthier School District with School Farms
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.

Koinonia: The Bond of a Commonality and Community
Angela Morehead, Executive Director, Preserving US
Gilbert Pedraza, 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.

Seniors and SNAP: Best Practices from the Field
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 our ongoing Senior SNAP Initiative, this session will provide a discussion of best practices for community-based organizations interested in reaching out to and enrolling seniors in this vital program.

Senior Economic Security: Fighting Senior Hunger through Holistic Benefits Counseling
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.

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