The World Food Prize Foundation

September 2017

Addressing Food Insecurity in the United States

This year's Iowa Hunger Summit will feature an exceptional opportunity to hear the five most recent U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture discuss current issues in food security. This bipartisan conversation will be moderated by World Food Prize Council of Advisors member Secretary Tom Vilsack,  Dan Glickman,  Ann VenemanMike Johanns and Ed Schafer participating in the session. It is an extremely rare occurrence to bring together Secretaries of Agriculture from across many administrations and political parties.

The conversation between the Secretaries will be an insightful look into many of the food insecurity issues facing our country. Among those are: access to nutritious and safe food, the future of SNAP and the lack of full scale grocery stores throughout our nation's food deserts.

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8:00 a.m. Registration Opens

Downtown Des Moines Marriott
700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50309


Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn | President, World Food Prize Foundation
Craig Hill | President, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation


Secretary Tom Vilsack | U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 2009-2017
Secretary Dan Glickman | U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1995-2001
Secretary Ann Veneman | U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 2001-2005
Secretary Mike Johanns | U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 2005-2007
Secretary Ed Schafer | U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 2008-2009 

10:30 a.m. NETWORKING

Exhibitors on 3rd Floor

10:45 a.m. WHO IS ALICE?

Moderator: Deann Cook | Executive Director, United Ways of Iowa
Darlene Barnes | Regional Administrator, USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS)
Amy Meyer | Executive Director, United Way of Mahaska County
Ali Wilson | Volunteer Engagement Director, United Way of Wapello County


Governor Kim Reynolds | Norman Borlaug Day Proclamation

Presentation of the Iowa SHARES Award
          2017 Awardee | Bishop Richard Pates

Keynote Address
          Diana Aviv | Chief Executive Officer, Feeding America

Luncheon meals provided by The Outreach Program

1:30 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS, round one

Fighting Hunger While Reducing Wasted Food
Hunger Relief Partnerships in Rural and Urban Iowa
Food Insecurity and Child Nutrition 
Donation Gardens & Increasing Access to Produce
The Outreach Program & The Alliance to End Hunger: Partnering to Empower Advocacy

2:15 p.m. NETWORKING

Exhibitors on 3rd Floor

2:30 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS, round two

Iowa Hunger Coalition: A New Advocacy Approach
A Partnership for a Healthier America
Food Security: The Foundation for Healthy Aging
Growing Healthy Kids Through School Partnerships
Global Greens and Refugee Farming

3:15 p.m. NETWORKING

Exhibitors on 3rd Floor

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