Highlights from 2007
The first Iowa Hunger Summit was held on Tuesday, October 16, 2007, welcoming Iowans from around the state and from a variety of backgrounds.
The Iowa Hunger Summit was held in recognition of United Nations World Food Day around the globe and Dr. Norman E. Borlaug/World Food Prize Day in Iowa. More than 400 Iowans attended the event, including Governor Chet Culver and the honorary co-chairs of the event, former Governors Robert Ray, Terry Branstad, and Tom Vilsack.
The day of events at the Iowa Hunger Summit was designed to enhance public attention to both the causes of and solutions to hunger; and to encourage increased action and partnership among Iowans to continue fighting hunger. Forty-seven of Iowa’s 99 counties were represented at the summit, a number organizers hope will grow in coming years.
2007 Iowa Hunger Summit Itinerary:
Friends of the World Food Program Meet and Greet.
Iowa Soybean Association Press Conference/Hunger Initiative Launch
HDI UN Ambassadors Forum on Food Security Worldwide
OneVote08 bipartisan panel on Hunger and Poverty with surrogates from campaigns of presidential campaigns.
Hunger Summit Luncheon
Keynote address by David Beckmann
Results from the First Annual Iowa Hunger Summit
- At least $6,242,100 has been donated by Iowans to organizations and agencies involved in fighting hunger.
- 15,297,000 pounds of food have been gathered or distributed, both around the state and internationally.
- Over 65,000 hours have been volunteered to Iowa anti-hunger advocacy projects or programs that provide food to those who need it.