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 | 1:20-2:25
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 | 1:20-2:25
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 | 1:20-2:25
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".


The Power of Leadership in Collaborative Response
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:00-4:05
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 | 3:00-4:05
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!



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

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.


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 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.


Navigating Turbulent Futures: How to Promote Human Flourishing in a Shifting, Complex World
Thursday, October 3 | 3:00-4:05
Dr. Andrew Hogue, Baylor University

Our world is full of bewildering forces we feel but can’t control: eroding social trust, rapid technological change, mounting inequality, and a general malaise of turbulence, complexity, and ambiguity. These forces daily affect our work, but even more important, they threaten the flourishing of vulnerable neighbors. Yet old habits die hard: path-dependent, we often use old strategies for a new world, expecting them to work, growing frustrated when they don’t. This session will explore what’s required and what’s at stake for a new kind of changemaker, equipped with rekindled imagination and the innovative capacities our turbulent future requires.


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.