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2018 Hunger Free Communities Summit

Hunger Impact Partners and The Alliance to End Hunger cohosted the 2018 Hunger Free Communities Summit in Minneapolis in early October.This two-day national event was designed to engage multiple stakeholders to showcase community initiatives that are contributors to solving hunger locally.

The Alliance formally launched the Hunger Free Communities Network™ initiative in 2010, responding to the need of community leaders across the country to learn about best practices, transformational strategies and local innovations for increasing food security.

More than 160 experts and leaders from the community, non-profit, business and philanthropic sectors attended from across the country. Speakers included the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Feeding America, the University of Minnesota, the Cargill Foundation, the General Mills Foundation as well as representatives from Texas, Virginia, NY, Colorado, Washington, DC and Ohio.

The Summit keynote speaker was Katie Clark Sieben, Director at The Cargill Foundation. Her remarks were followed by a panel discussion on Return on Investment: The Case for Increasing Food Securitywhich was moderated by Ela Rausch, Project Director from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The panel included representatives from Share our Strength, the USDA, Kaiser Permanente and our own CEO of Hunger Impact Partners, Ellie Lucas.

This two-day event offered 16 workshops, covering topics on collective impact, human-centered design strategies, food system initiatives, health equity, and more. The links below include the Summit program, speaker bios, workshop tracks, event media release and recent media coverage by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. (event photos)

Strategy Exchange: Nutrition and Academic Performance

The first Strategy Exchange on Nutrition and Academic Performance was held on November 15, 2016 at the Cargill Office Center in partnership with the Cargill Foundation, Hunger Impact Partners and the Minnesota Department of Education.  The Strategy Exchange focused on how USDA’s child nutrition programs can narrow the achievement gap, with special focus on the vital role nutrition plays in this effort. Attached is the program, press release and photo/quote overview. Below are links to two video presentations.

Summer Meals VideoProduced in partnership with the Cargill Foundation and PBS/TPT

Senator Amy Klobuchar Video

More than 180 education influencers including superintendents, principals, business leaders and community organizations from across Minnesota attended. The Cargill Foundation’s support of early grant funding to over 25 schools and communities through Hunger Impact Partners was the catalyst that brought these education and child nutrition advocates together to discuss national trends, data’s impact on strategies and best practices for enhancing school and community programs to feed more hungry kids.

The morning sessions included presentations by the Minnesota Department of Education, USDA and the new Superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools District. In addition, one of the highlights was a moderated panel discussion, with an audience Q&A, composed of two superintendents and two principals who provided case studies from their schools highlighting the strong correlation between active, engaged learning and proper nutrition.

Lt. Governor Tina Smith was the keynote speaker and approximately 20 Cargill employees attended her presentation over lunch. On a complementary note, Cargill’s Meal Solutions donated the turkey pot roast lunch which met the nutrition and ingredient guidelines for the USDA Federal School Lunch Program.

This full-day event offered concurrent workshops throughout the afternoon focused on financial impacts, community collaborations, schools as food HUBs for local communities, health and academic outcomes, and year-round child nutrition programs for learning and school readiness.

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