The World Food Prize Foundation

2022 Iowa Hunger Summit

On Thursday, September 1, 2022, partners across Iowa and the United States joined together to discuss critical hunger issues at the Iowa Hunger Summit. The Summit's theme, Our Paths to Zero, focused on charting a course to overcoming hunger with a focus on our collective health.

Full Schedule

10:00 a.m.  

State of Iowa Hunger & Health - What food pathway are we on? 


Mike Naig
Iowa Department of Agriculture

Kelly Garcia
Iowa Department of Public Health

Brent Johnson
Iowa Farm Bureau
10:30 a.m.  

Hunger Summit: Future - Past 

Kyle Poorman
Director, Iowa Hunger Summit
World Food Prize Foundation

Barbara Stinson
World Food Prize Foundation

Kate Levasseur
World Food Prize Foundation
11:00 a.m.  

Banking on the future: The future of emergency food aid


Michelle Book
President & CEO
Food Bank of Iowa

Di Daniels
SALUD-Multicultural Health Coalition of Storm Lake

Melanie Fierke
Executive Director
The Lord's Cupboard Community Pantry 

Pastor Dwayne Hodges
Redeemed Voices Worship Center

Krystal Kabela
Food Bank Program Manager
CommUnity Crisis Services

Pete Pazour
Pantry Services Supervisor
Northeast Iowa Food Bank


12:00 p.m.  

Can you hear us in Washington? Takeaways from our White House Conference on Hunger Listening Session 


Jon Wogman
Senior Program Manager, Global Youth Programs & Partnerships

Kyle Poorman
Director, Iowa Hunger Summit

Austin Castillo-Leovan
Program Coordinator, Global Youth Programs

Abigail Turner
Program Coordinator, Global Youth Programs
12:30 p.m.  

Greening food deserts

Alana Rhone
Agricultural Economist
USDA Economic Research Service

1:00 p.m.  

Breaking down inequality: Poverty alleviation

Meghan Curran
Policy Director
Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University
1:30 p.m.  

Disrupting the legacy of redlining in Des Moines

Yasamin Shaker
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Utah

Kendyl Larson
Director of Research and Planning
Polk County Housing Trust Fund
Kyle Poorman
Director, Iowa Hunger Summit
World Food Prize Foundation
2:00 p.m.  

Paths to zero: FRAC roundup

Luis Guardia
Food Research and Action Center

Sherry Brennan
Member, Board of Directors
Food Research and Action Center


Virtual Workshops

Virtual workshops occurred from Monday, August 29 to Friday, September 2, 2022. Partners from Iowa and across the United States hosted workshops to inform and enhance the Summit. 

Partner workshops provide an opportunity for attendees to engage in in-depth conversations on initiatives working to comprehensively address food security locally and around the world. We will focus on building a roadmap to zero hunger and greatly reducing non-communicable food-related disease. The goal of the partner workshops is to share tangible tools and action items to further engage with Iowa’s unique communities.

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