Saturday, February 2, 2013
Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis
Cost: $20 (Ages 25 & younger, $10)- conference materials, continental breakfast & lunch included
The following agenda, workshops and speakers are subject to change. Check back frequently for updated information.
8:30 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:10 a.m. Hunger- One Woman's Story
9:15 a.m. The Challenge We Face- Dave Miner, Indy Hunger Network Chair
9:40 a.m. Access to All by 2015 – Indy Hunger Network panelists
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 Workshops (please provide preference on registration form)
12-1:15 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker, David Beckmann
1:15 p.m. Closing
1:30-2:30 p.m. Optional session: International Hunger panel discussion with David Beckmann, Roger Thurow and others
I. Poverty 101
Get a real sense of what it’s like to live in poverty, from someone with significant experience.
Workshop Leader: Tim Streett, Shepherd Community Center
II. 27 Million Meals – Completing the Puzzle
There are many pieces to the jigsaw puzzle that is the food assistance system. We will explain how it all fits together and the role that each piece needs to play for us to ensure food for all by providing 27 million more meals by 2015.
Dave Miner – Indy Hunger Network, IHI, Bread for the World
Glenn Moehling- Elanco
Roger Zimmermann – Family Social Services Administration
III. Giving Voice to the Hungry
More than 90% of food assistance in Marion County comes through federal nutrition programs, making it imperative that we make sure the hungry have a voice in the halls of government. Learn how to effectively engage your government leaders to be sure federal programs are efficient and effective.
Chris Worden, District Director for Congressman Andre Carson
Kevin A. Sulc, Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks
Matt Gross – Bread for the World
Mike Hastings – local hunger leader
IV. The Future of Senior Hunger: Impending Challenges and Opportunities
The Baby Boomer generation is entering or near retirement age. What does this mean for the future of Senior hunger in Indiana? Senior malnutrition is often hidden or misdiagnosed. Hear local service providers discuss the challenges and opportunities of meeting the needs of a growing Senior population.
Orion Bell – CICOA
Barb Morris- Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana
Sara Blackburn- IUPUI, Clinical Associate Professor
V. Innovations for Ending Childhood Hunger
There are many programs for providing children with emergency food assistance. Why, then, do so many children still go hungry in our communities? Many obstacles stand in the way of ending childhood hunger, but these individuals on the front-lines of child hunger relief will illuminate some of the most innovative solutions and how you can help.
Rachel Criss – Gleaners (Weekend Food and School Pantries)
Eddie Oliver – Gleaners (Summer Feeding),
Ken Savin – IHN (school breakfast)
Jennifer Vigran- Second Helpings
Rachel Schaeffer – IHN Americorp/VISTA (after-school meals)
VI. The Vision for an Ideal Food Pantry System
The pantry system is an important element of the goal to end hunger in Indianapolis by 2015. A vision for food pantries, “Pantry Partners,” will be described. How can we improve the quality of service to our hungry neighbors so they can access the food and support they need? Can ours be a model pantry system for the country? Join us in this interactive visioning session.
Kathy Hahn-Keiner- Gleaners Food Bank
Mark Varnau- Boulevard Place
Don Streigel- St. Vincent de Paul
VII. The Social Anti-Hunger Network: Inviting Others to Join the Cause
Are you passionate about hunger relief, but wish others would open their eyes to the need? Hear from advertising and social networking experts on how to spread awareness about hunger in Indiana. Sometimes a simple click of the mouse is all you need to make a difference.
Willie Matis – Gleaners Food Bank
April Thompson- Optimedia
Nathan Hand- Nonprofit Social Media and Fundraising Consultant
VIII. Hunger No More
Hunger is inextricably tied to poverty. How, then, can we as anti-hunger advocates take the extra step and help our clients break the cycle of poverty? Leaders from the social service sector will describe how we can use hunger relief as a connection point to other crucial resources.
Lynn Engel- Connect2Help 2-1-1
David Beckmann- Bread for the World
Robin Miner- IHN Volunteer
IX. Circle of Protection – Key Federal Issues for 2013
In this age of austerity, many of the nutrition programs that have formed the backbone of the social safety net are under attack. Get a comprehensive update on the political landscape in Washington, DC and policy developments as they relate to hunger relief. Learn how to do an offering of letters in your faith community or organization.
Jon Gromek - Bread for the World
Roger Howard – local hunger leader
X. Growing Food Security – Fresh for All
Limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a significant factor in the health crisis facing the U.S. The Indy Hunger Network has formed a team to identify opportunities for providing more produce to the emergency food system. Team members will talk about the potential of community gardens, local farms, and the larger food system to meet this critical need.
Lincoln Saunders – Green B.E.A.N. Delivery
Nic Mink- Center for Urban Ecology, Butler University
XI. The Volunteer Experience
Our ability to to create a system which provides access to food for all by 2015 is dependent on the support of a large and committed volunteer base. In order to recruit great volunteers, though, we need to know what you want out of your time as a volunteer. How can we, as an anti-hunger community, better accommodate the needs and desires of volunteers? Meet with volunteer coordinators and experienced volunteers from hunger relief organizations for an interactive visioning session on how we can improve the volunteer experience and learn about opportunities to make a big difference as a volunteer now.
Nora Spitznogle- Second Helpings
Mike Ransom- IHN Volunteer
Bring friends and other members of your congregation to take in as many workshops as possible!
David Beckmann and Roger Thurow will be available for book signings during and after lunch.
The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, Thurow, $15.
Exodus From Hunger, Beckmann, $10.
World Food Prize laureate David Beckmann is one of the foremost U.S. advocates for hungry and poor people. He is president of Bread for the World, leading large-scale and successful campaigns to strengthen U.S. political commitment to overcome hunger and poverty in the country and globally. Beckmann also founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse U.S. institutions—Muslim and Jewish groups, corporations, unions, and universities—in building the political will to end hunger. Beckmann earned degrees from Yale University, Christ Seminary, and the London School of Economics. Six universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. He is also a Lutheran pastor.
Roger Thurow, author of the new book The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, is senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Thurow joined the Council in 2010 after three decades at the Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century -– along with 10 Olympic Games. In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award. Roger Thurow graduated from the University of Iowa. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife Anne, and their two children, Brian and Aishling.