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Volume 7 Issue 8   September 2014


A Million Meals in Miami: AARP Foundation and Dolphins deliver for hungry seniors

Bob Somerville, AARP Foundation

The first volunteers began arriving at Sun Life Stadium in Miami at 5:30 in the morning on Saturday, Sept. 20, and soon there were so many waiting to take part that the organizers decided to open up early. That’s how the first major event in the new collaboration between AARP Foundation and the Miami Dolphins got under way. [READ MORE]

St. Louis World Food Day Commemoration - Powered by Partnerships

Laura Chauvin, on behalf of Outreach, Inc. & St. Louis World Food Day

It was almost August when the Soffer family learned that St. Louis’ regional World Food Day Commemoration, planned for October 2012, had been canceled. Though more than 800,000 meals had been provided to children in Tanzania through the annual effort, the event was deemed untenable by new leadership at the non-profit which had created it. [READ MORE]

Family Farming, Civil Society, and Resilience: Building Blocks for a Food Secure Future

Amb. Tony Hall, Executive Director Emeritus, Alliance to End Hunger

This piece was written for the World Food Day USA & Canada Network Perspectives Series

If our goal is to see stability in countries, we must start with communities, and to start with communities, we must work with the mightiest and tightest among them - individual households, many of which are family farmers. One of the best ways to link the needs of smallholder farmers to the high-level decisions that impact them is through the empowerment of civil society. [READ MORE]

Going to the Bank

Ruairidh Waddell, Program Consultant-Zambia, World Renew

Going to the bank is one of the mundane chores that we in the developed world often take for granted. When we find the house or car we like, we go to our bank and ask for a loan to buy it... Consider, then, the financial reality that women like Gertrude, a widowed grandmother caring for nine grandchildren, face in rural Zambia. [READ MORE]

The Campus Kitchens Project: "Student-Powered Hunger Relief.

Matt Schnarr, Expansion and Partnerships Manager, The Campus Kitchens Project

How do you grow a movement? That is the question The Campus Kitchens Project is asking right now as we work towards growing our network of Campus Kitchens throughout the next year. The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is a national non-profit that empowers student leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to hunger. [READ MORE]

"Agents of Change" Symposium to Cover Global Hunger

Diane Ragone, Director, Breadfruit Institute


“Feast or Famine: How we can and will feed 9 Billion People” will be one of four panel discussions during an all-day symposium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) on October 7, 2014.  The symposium, titled “Agents of Change: Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century,” presented by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) and NMNH, will bring leading experts in preserving plant species, the impact of global changes on plants, changing global nutritional requirements for feeding the planet, and more together to share and address the most pressing issues and trends. [READ MORE]

Upcoming Events:

October 16: Des Moines, IA:
Alliance Breakfast Panel: World Food Prize

The Alliance to End Hunger will once again be hosting a side event at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, IA. Entitled "Bridging Discovery, Development and Delivery in Our Global Food System," the event will bring together experts from the corporate, faith-based, research-based and agricultural sectors to discuss scientific/technological innovations in agriculture and how they currently are or could be translating to on-the-ground practices. Learn more and register HERE.

October 23: Washington, DC:
Alliance to End Hunger membership and Board Meetings

The Annual Membership Meeting, held in the morning, is open to all members of the Alliance to End Hunger. The board of directors meet in the afternoon. For information on the meetings, contact Jennifer Simpson at

October 29-November 1: Louisville, KY
National FFA Convention

Registration and exhibition opportunities are open for the annual National FFA Convention & Expo. Join more than 60,000 people and hundreds of industry leaders as the future of agriculture is discussed. Learn more HERE.

November 14: Atlanta, GA
Come to the Table Atlanta Regional Summit

The Alliance to End Hunger and ProMedica will be co-hosting the second of a series of regional Come to the Table summits in Atlanta, GA. The event will address the clear and critical links between food security and health, and will offer opportunities to discuss approaches to the issue from both health care and policy perspectives. To learn more and register, click HERE.

FYI: Latest Reports:

In case you missed it, two important reports were released this month outlining hunger at both the domestic and international level.

Household Food Security in the United States in 2013 - Published by the US Department of Agriculture, and accessible through our Hunger Free Communities Network website.

The State of Food Security in the World 2014 - Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
This newsletter was compiled by Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach at the Alliance to End Hunger. Comments and questions may be directed to
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