Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend the fifth annual Iowa Hunger Summit on Oct. 11 in Des Moines. This year's event will focus on how various policy, educational and relief efforts can help ensure a secure and nutritious food supply for all.
"We will celebrate our common heritage of humanitarian action at the 2011 Iowa Hunger Summit, which is the kick-off to our annual World Food Prize events," says Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, headquartered in Des Moines. "Free and open to the public, the Hunger Summit gathers leaders from communities, businesses, places of worship, schools and organizations across Iowa who are involved and interested in fighting hunger."
The fifth annual Iowa Hunger Summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, at the Des Moines Marriott downtown. Speakers will address hunger-related topics and the program has other activities too. A full schedule of the day's event can be found on the World Food Prize website. "We ask that you please use the online form to register in advance and report what you and/or your organization are doing to fight hunger, both in Iowa and around the world," says Quinn.
What is the Iowa Hunger Summit? It's Iowans making a difference
Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Iowa hero Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, and with Governors Terry Branstad, Robert Ray and Tom Vilsack serving as honorary co-chairs, the Iowa Hunger Summit is an all-day event highlighting Iowa's impact in fighting hunger. Several anti-hunger organizations will host informative presentations as well as interactive workshops and training sessions.
"The Iowa Hunger Summit takes a look at the many outstanding efforts of Iowans toward ensuring adequate food for all," says Quinn. "It encourages Iowans to continue and expand these efforts. And it increases statewide awareness of hunger, poverty, nutrition and related issues."
Free and open to the public, this unique event will bring together community, business, civic and religious leaders from across Iowa united by their interest and involvement in the fight against hunger - both at home and abroad. This year's schedule of events includes informative presentations as well as interactive workshops and trainings by several groups and organizations working to fight hunger and improve nutrition, including: 30 Project, the Global Food Banking Network, the Heartland Global Health Consortium, the Iowa Food Access and Health Working Group, Hormel Foods Corporation, Iowa State University and Iowa State University Extension, Blessman Ministries and the ONE Campaign.
The Hunger Luncheon—share your story, help spread the word
The highlight of the day's events is the Hunger Luncheon, which this year will feature a special keynote address and meals used by Iowa-based organizations working to ensure that people, both in Iowa and around the world, have access to a secure and nutritious food supply.
"During the luncheon we will also announce the annual tally of how many dollars, pounds of food and volunteer hours Iowans have contributed to the fight against hunger," adds Quinn. "Join us for this part of the day, also free and open to the public."
At the 2010 event, the World Food Prize staff who organize the event announced that over the past year Iowans had raised over $9.4 million, distributed more than 18.6 million pounds of food and donated at least 540,000 volunteer hours toward ending hunger. With food insecurity a persistent reality for an increasing number of people throughout the world (including more than 382,000 Iowans) continued action is crucial. "This year we hope to announce increases in all the ways Iowa is involved in fighting hunger," says Quinn.
Special World Food Prize event at the 2011 Iowa Hunger Summit
"To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the World Food Prize this year, we will be hosting a special Hunger Summit reception at 2:30 p.m. where all attendees can meet and interact with World Food Prize Laureates from past years," he adds.
Here's how you can get involved in this year's Iowa Hunger Summit:
Attend the event: It will begin at 8:30 a.m. on October 11 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. You will learn about both domestic and international hunger issues. Please register online in advance.
Share your story: Are you and your community doing something to help fight hunger? Report your contributions online. The results will be totaled for a special announcement at the Hunger Luncheon on October 11.
Spread the word: Encourage others interested in hunger and nutrition issues to attend the 2011 Iowa Hunger Summit. Learn more at www.iowahungersummit.org."Please join us for a very worthwhile day at the 2011 Iowa Hunger Summit," says Quinn. "It is the kickoff to the World Food Prize events that week, and it is known as one of the most significant World Food Day observances anywhere around the globe."