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2009 Iowa Hunger Summit

The 2009 Iowa Hunger Summit was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The “Hunger Luncheon” featured a keynote address by Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America and remarks by First Lady Mari Culver and Bishop Pates.

In addition to hunger-related sessions hosted by partners including the Harvest Initiative and the Community Food Security Coalition, the USDA held a special listening session seeking ideas to accomplish President Obama’s pledge to end hunger among U.S. children by 2015.

2009 Iowa Hunger Summit Itinerary:

9:00 a.m.

“Hunger in Des Moines and Iowa Communities: An Interfaith Response”
Organized by the Des Moines Area Religious Council 

10:00 a.m.

"Food, Security, and Urban Agriculture"
Organized by the Community Food Security Coalition 

11:00 a.m.

“Native American Perspectives on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health”
Organized by the Harvest Initiative 

12:00 p.m.

The World Food Prize presents the “Hunger Luncheon,” featuring meals used by Iowa-based organizations in food assistance and hunger-relief efforts.

Keynote Address by Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America 

1:30 p.m.

Addressing the Global Epidemic of Childhood Malnutrition
Organized by Doctors Without Borders 

2:30 p.m.

Iowa Feeding the World
Organized by the Iowa Department of Agriculture 


Results from the 2009 Iowa Hunger Summit

  • Over the year Iowans donated $8.72 Million for the fight against hunger.
  • 15.6 Million pounds of food were distributed.
  • Volunteers spent 451,000 hours helping the cause.


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