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“A Snapshot of Hunger in America: Lessons Learned from Emerging Anti-Hunger Leaders in the Field,” a briefing featuring field work presentations from the 28th Class of Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows, will be held online on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm ET.
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This is a great opportunity to learn about the current state of hunger from passionate young leaders who have been engaged with community-focused work across the country since September 2021. Fellows have been placed with organizations in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington, D.C.

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Shannon Maynard, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center

Part I: Strengthening Child Nutrition Programs & Food Education

10:20 a.m. Child Nutrition Programs: Massachusetts and Beyond
Blake Turpin | Project Bread | Boston, Mass.
10:30 a.m. Lessons Learned: Breakfast After the Bell in Massachusetts
Nathan Garcia | Project Bread | Boston, Mass.
10:40 a.m. Exploring an Online School Meal Application for Oklahoma
Tazkia Shah | Hunger Free Oklahoma | Tulsa, Okla.
10:50 a.m. Best Practices for Food and Garden Youth Education Organizations: Findings from a D.C. Community Needs Assessment Process
Robbie Economou | Kid Power Inc. | Washington, D.C.

Part II: For Us, By Us: Centering Lived Experience and Racial Equity in Anti-Poverty Programming & Evaluation

11:00 a.m. Engaging Participants as Partners in Colorado: Insights from the Field
Alexandrea Wilson | Warren Village | Denver, Colo.
11:10 a.m. Intersections of Equitable Farming and Anti-Hunger Efforts in Kentucky: Learning From Lived Experience and Guidance for Ally Organizations
Amira Iwuala & Morgan McKinney | Community Farm Alliance | Berea, Ky.
11:30 a.m. Let's Talk About Race in the Anti-Hunger Workplace: Organizational Approaches to Addressing Race at Work
Sofia Charlot | Maryland Hunger Solutions | Baltimore, Md.
11:40 a.m. Expansion of Tribal Self-Governance in Food and Agriculture
Jalen Banks & Julie Bautista | Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative | Fayetteville, Ark.
12:00 a.m. Farming in a "White Utopia": BIPOC Farmer Development Coalition Strategic Plan 2022-2024
Isabelle Sohn | Oregon Food Bank | Portland, Ore.
12:10 a.m. Lunch Break (60 minutes)

Part III: Lessons Learned from Federal Nutrition Programs

1:10 p.m. SNAP On Campus: A UC Irvine FRESH Basic Needs Hub Fall 2021 CalFresh Outreach Report
Michelle Fausto | University of California Irvine - FRESH Basic Needs Hub | Irvine, Calif.
1:20 p.m. Opportunities to Strengthen Nutrition Programs in DC to Address Senior Food Insecurity
Fleurian Filkins | Government of the District of Columbia, DC Office of Planning | Washington, D.C.
1:30 p.m. Strengthening SNAP Outreach: Increasing Funding and Eliminating Barriers to Access
Tenzin Dhakong | Hunger Free Colorado | Denver, Colo.

Part IV: Mapping Our Communities: Housing, Food Systems, and Barriers to Access

1:40 p.m. Aren't We All Eaters?: Creating an Equitable Food Policy Agenda In Central New York
Paige Clay | Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance | Syracuse, N.Y.
1:50 p.m. Finding Food: Mapping Food Procurement Strategies in the City of Chicago and Cook County, IL
Artis Trice | Chicago Food Policy Action Council | Chicago Ill.
2:00 p.m. Centering Lived Experience: A Toolkit for Addressing Rural Food Insecurity Through Storytelling
Elaine Zhang | Seven Valleys Health Coalition | Cortland County, N.Y.
2:10 p.m. Dream Denied: Portland’s Housing Affordability Crisis, Recent Progress, and What Else Can Still Be Done
Nitan Shanas | Welcome Home Coalition | Portland, Ore.
2:20 p.m. Closing Remarks
Tony Jackson, Director, Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
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The placements of the 27th Class of Emerson Fellows are made possible with major support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as The Kroger Co. Foundation, PepsiCo, C&S Wholesale Grocers, and generous contributions from individual donors.

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