The World Food Prize Foundation

October 2017


U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture

Former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture Tom VilsackMike JohannsAnn VenemanEd Schafer,and Dan Glickman participated in a bipartisan conversation that provided an insightful look into many of the food insecurity issues facing our country and communities. Among those issues are: access to nutritious and safe food, the future of SNAP, the upcoming Farm Bill and the lack of full scale grocery stores throughout our nation’s food deserts.

Watch the U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture Here

Iowa Hunger Coalition Announcement

Regenea Hurte, Executive Director of the Iowa Food Bank Association, announced her acceptance of the role of Executive Director of the newly established Iowa Hunger Coalition (IHC), a new, permanent advocacy group that will work to develop and implement effective anti-hunger policies across the state of Iowa.

For more information on the Iowa Food Bank Association and the Iowa Hunger Coalition please check out their Release at

Catch the Announcement Here

Who is ALICE?

United Ways of Iowa Executive Director, Deann Cook, gave a brief overview of the demographics, budget numbers, challenges and consequences facing ALICE which led into a more in-depth conversation amongst Regional FNS Administrator,Darlene Barnes, Amy Meyer, Executive Director of the United Way of Mahaska County, and Volunteer Engagement Director of the United Way of Wapello County, Ali Wilson, on the ways they are proactively investing in unique solutions to address barriers in their communities. 

Find out more about ALICE Here


Watch the Full Luncheon Here

Watch the entire Iowa Hunger Summit Luncheon as Governor Reynolds read and signed the official proclamation declaring October 16 as Norman E. Borlaug/World Food Prize Day in Iowa and Amb. Quinn awarded the 2017 Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award to The Most Reverend Bishop Richard E. Pates.

Luncheon Keynote

In her luncheon keynote, Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, explored four critical trends that are reshaping the field of hunger relief: technological advances, funder expectations, last mile-efficiencies, and the legislative landscape.

As the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides 4 billion meals to more than 46 million people across the United States, supports programs that improve access to nutritious meals, and is committed to leading the fight to end hunger.

Check out the Keynote Here

The afternoon breakout sessions included presentations and conversations with over 20 different local, state and national organizations.To learn more about the sessions that took place at the 2017 Iowa Hunger Summit check out the breakout pages below.

If you are interested in connecting further with the facilitators and organizations who hosted this year's sessions, please feel free to reach out to Madeline Goebel at to get connected!

Fighting Hunger While Reducing Wasted Food
Organized by ReFED, Eat Greater DSM, and the Food Rescue Partnership
Iowa Hunger Coalition: A New Advocacy Approach
Organized by Iowa Hunger Coalition
Hunger Relief Partnerships in Rural and Urban Iowa
Organized by the Iowa Food Bank Association and United Way of Story County
A Partnership for a Healthier America
Organized by The Partnership for a Healthier America and DMARC
Food Insecurity and Child Nutrition
Organized by the Farm to ECE Statewide Coalition and Midwest Dairy Council
Food Security: The Foundation for Healthy Aging
Organized by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department on Aging, and Iowa State Extension - Human Sciences
Donation Gardens & Increasing Access to Produce
Organized by Iowa State Extension and Outreach Master Gardener Program, Iowa Gardening for Good, and United Way of Muscatine
Growing Healthy Kids Through School Partnerships
Organized by FoodCorps Iowa and Des Moines Public Schools
The Outreach Program & The Alliance to End Hunger: Partnering to Empower Advocacy
Organized by The Outreach Program and The Alliance to End Hunger
Global Greens and Refugee Farming
Organized by Global Greens, Lutheran Services in Iowa


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