The World Food Prize Foundation

2020 Breakout Session Organizer Application

The 2020 Iowa Hunger Summit will take place as a week-long virtual event
Monday, October 19 - October 23

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Iowa Hunger Summit will be virtual, spanning the week of October 19 - 23.  More details about the online format and registration will come soon. 


Organizing a Breakout Session can be an innovative opportunity to share the great work your organization is doing, and to share your expertise and insights while engaging with the community. We are more than willing to be flexible and work with you to create relevant and engaging Breakout Sessions on a variety of topics relating to food security. 


Breakout Sessions provide an opportunity for attendees to engage in in-depth conversations with initiatives working to comprehensively alleviate food insecurity and offers participants tangible tools for further engagement locally and around the world. The intention of Breakout Sessions is to provide a platform for organizations and initiatives to share tangible tools and further engage with Iowa’s unique communities.

Breakouts will take place as individual hour-long sessions throughout the week, which can be formatted in any way the session organizer sees fit, whether that be a panel or keynote with or without Q+ A, discussion-based activities,  project/report presentation, etc. We are excited and happy to work directly with our partners to cultivate these sessions and encourage Breakout Session organizers to think creatively and intentionally. Applicants should focus on the content and ideas for the submission of their Breakout Session application and, once selected, can work with us to smooth out format related details in the lead up to the Hunger Summit in October.
The World Food Prize Foundation must acknowledge and condemn the persisting oppression, inequality and unjust treatment of Black people, Indigenous people and People of Color due to centuries of systemic racism in this country. We are now embarking on a deep examination of our own performance, re-evaluating in every direction, including within the Iowa Hunger Summit. Systemic racism perpetuates the significant inequities in our food systems and it is imperative for the Iowa Hunger Summit to serve as a platform to dismantle these structures. As we continue to plan this year’s Summit, we expect our Breakout Session applicants to actively include a social equity lens in their session’s framework. 


  • Breakout Sessions are 60 minutes in length
  • We ask that organizers allow for ample time for participants to ask questions during the breakout session
  • For organizations who are submitting multiple proposals, please submit each proposal separately
  • Breakout Session Applications for the 2020 Iowa Hunger Summit will close on August 1, 2020
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by August 15, 2020 via the email provided on their submitted form
  • All submissions for Breakout Sessions must be submitted through the 2020 Breakout Session Application Form

As in past years, collaboration between organizations, initiatives and coalitions is highly encouraged. Please note in your application if you are open to collaboration with other applicants who have submitted applications that are similar or complementary. 

Attendees of the Summit include representatives from community organizations, social agencies, state and local government, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and community members looking for ways to be further involved in their communities and those around the world. 

Please note that the below topics are merely suggestions provided to help guide applicant organizations. All topics regarding the alleviation of hunger and food insecurity are welcomed. In light of current events relating to COVID-19, we invite organizers to tie these topics into breakout sessions as applicable. 

Advocacy     Capacity Building
Coalition Building     Corporate/Nonprofit Partnership
Data-Driven Reporting     Economic/Community Development
  Education     Equity and Intersectionality
Emergency Food Programs     Food Access
Food Assistance Programs / SNAP / WIC     Food Banking/Pantry Logistics
Food Rescue/Recovery     Grant Writing/Fundraising
Innovation/Technology     Interdisciplinary Partnerships
International Food Security    Lived Experiences
Nutrition    Transportation


Application Deadline August 1, 2020
Applicants Notified  August 15, 2020
2020 Iowa Hunger Summit October 19-23, 2020

Madeline Goebel
Director, Iowa Hunger Summit & Community Outreach
[o] 515-245-3726

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