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About the Iowa Hunger Summit


This year’s Iowa Hunger Summit will convene an array of representatives from various sectors to discuss hunger and food insecurity in our communities to provide attendees with tangible resources to begin or continue their engagement in ending hunger and food insecurity.

The Summit will feature conversations on the importance of racial equity within our food system and address the effects and long-term outcomes of COVID-19 on vulnerable and under-resourced populations. Sessions will highlight a compilation of resources and initiatives that comprehensively support increased food security in our communities. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the challenges and barriers Iowans face, and receive tools to implement long-lasting change.

With the transition to a new format, we look forward to broadening our network and increase participants’ collaboration. The virtual Summit will offer the opportunity to engage in dialogue throughout the morning plenary sessions, with interactive breakout sessions organized by local stakeholders each afternoon.

The World Food Prize created the Iowa Hunger Summit in 2006 with former governors Robert D. Ray, Terry E. Branstad, and Tom Vilsack serving as honorary co-chairs. The first Hunger Summit took place in 2007 where they were joined by new Iowa Governor Chet Culver in honoring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and World Food Prize Founder Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.

The Iowa Hunger Summit gathers leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, civic and social clubs, and other individuals and groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger. The annual Iowa Hunger Summit is attended by between 500 to 700 hunger fighters from across the state.

Join us for the 3-day, virtual 2020 Iowa Hunger Summit - Monday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 21 as we:

  • Share information about the many outstanding efforts of Iowans toward ensuring adequate food for all;
  • Encourage Iowans to continue and expand these efforts; 
  • Increase statewide awareness of hunger, poverty, and related issues; and
  • Celebrate the leadership of key Iowa hunger fighters with the presentation of the Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award 

The Iowa Hunger Summit is free and open to the public. All participants must register, more information to come soon.


Presenting Sponsors: The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Bureau Financial Services


At the first Iowa Hunger Summit, Governor Chet Culver presented Norman E. Borlaug with a proclamation declaring October 16 as Norman E. Borlaug/World Food Prize Day in Iowa. Joining were former Governors Robert Ray, Tom Vilsack and Terry Branstad. 
Hundreds of participants attend the Hunger Summit from across Iowa and the United States.


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