Where Advocates Were Motivated & Mobilized to #EndHungerNow

  1. A record-breaking 1,200 advocates from across the country came together to share experiences and best practices for ending hunger in their communities, network, and hear from renowned experts at the 2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, held March 5-7, in Washington, D.C.
  2. Entrance to #hungerpc17 with @fracgram & @feedingamerica. We'll share pictures as our Chief Impact Officer, Kelli Shepard,  sends us pics to share.
    Entrance to #hungerpc17 with @fracgram & @feedingamerica. We'll share pictures as our Chief Impact Officer, Kelli Shepard, sends us pics to share.
  3. Feeling very grateful to have received a scholarship to attend the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. This year, 1,300 advocates from across the country came together to address the presence and burden of hunger in America. #hungerpc17 #endhungernow ✊🏼
    Feeling very grateful to have received a scholarship to attend the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. This year, 1,300 advocates from across the country came together to address the presence and burden of hunger in America. #hungerpc17 #endhungernow ✊🏼
  4. The conference opened with a rousing keynote by Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change,who urged attendees to collaborate with both common and uncommon allies to ensure the core elements of the safety net in this country remain intact.
  5. "We face the fight of our lives. And I absolutely believe it is one that we can win." -Deepak Bhargava, Centers for Community Change #hungerpc17
    "We face the fight of our lives. And I absolutely believe it is one that we can win." -Deepak Bhargava, Centers for Community Change #hungerpc17
  6. The conference included a timely spotlight session on immigration and public benefits. This standing-room only session addressed the leaked draft public charge executive order (which, as of this date, has not been released) that has caused confusion among some individuals and families that are eligible for federal nutrition programs.

    Another standing-room only session was “Racial Justice and the Anti-Hunger Fight,” where speakers and attendees discussed how the anti-hunger community could more effectively connect hunger and racial justice issues by strengthening the safety net and expanding access to financial services and job training opportunities for people of color, among other strategies.
  7. The momentum generated on Sunday continued into Monday, with sessions on how to build congressional relationships, protect and strengthen SNAP, and kick your organization’s social media advocacy up a notch.
  8. During Monday’s breakfast plenary, Sue Berkowitz director of the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, received the Dr. Raymond Wheeler/Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award for her work in building a stronger anti-hunger and anti-poverty movement in South Carolina and across the country.
  9. Andy Souza, president and CEO of the Community Food Bank in Fresno, California received the Dick Goebel Award for his outstanding public service and commitment to ending hunger.
  10. Monday’s lunch plenary featured a riveting panel discussion on new approaches to food insecurity. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, described the devastating impacts that childhood food insecurity can have later in life. Sandra Stenmark, M.D., talked about how pediatricians and other health care providers can screen for and treat food insecurity.
  11. Advocates took what they learned at the conference to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Over 800 advocates met with their Members of Congress or their staffers, and urged them to protect and strengthen the federal nutrition programs.
  12. Many advocates came armed with a statement, signed by 3,000 national and state organizations, calling on the president and Congress to do all they can to ensure that nobody in our should country go hungry.
  13. Before embarking on their day on Capitol Hill,advocates heard from Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee,Nutrition Subcommittee Jim McGovern (D-MA), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Pat Roberts (R-KS) during breakfast at the Russell Senate Office building.
  14. Senator Roberts received two standing ovations from the crowd when he announced his opposition to block granting SNAP.
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