The World Food Prize Foundation

About the Iowa Hunger Summit

The World Food Prize Foundation and the Iowa Hunger Summit recognize that hunger is inextricably linked to structures in the social, political, and economic landscape in which we all live. The 15th Annual Summit will focus on transformations within our food systems and the changes needed to end hunger and food insecurity in our state.  The one-day virtual Summit will offer the opportunity to engage in dialogue and foment ideas around providing access to healthy food for all. 

Join us for the 1-day, virtual 2021 Iowa Hunger Summit - Wednesday, September 1 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; and 
  • Increase statewide awareness of hunger, poverty, and related issues.

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

The World Food Prize Foundation 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.


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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