Hunger Partnership Meetings


NCSL Fall Forum | Washington, DC, December 2013

Combating Hunger: Feeding Our Military Families and Veterans
Hunger Partnership | Taskforce on Military & Veteran Affairs

Learn about efforts to address economic hardship among America's returning veterans and their families. What are the challenges for this population? What are strategies to increase participation among eligible military families and veterans in hunger relief programs? How can effective public-private partnerships make budgets stretch to put food on the table, especially in this holiday season?

Jessica Shaheen, Associate Administrator, USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Ellen Vollinger, Legal Director, Food Research and Action Center
See presentation here (PPT)

NCSL Legislative Summit | Atlanta, Georgia, August 2013

What Everyday Americans Think About Hunger
Hunger Partnership | Human Services and Welfare Committee

Margie Omero, Managing Director, Purple Insights, Purple Strategies
Kathryn Wiseman, Senior Manager, State & Local Policy, Walmart Stores Inc.

NCSL Hunger Partnership Business Meeting

Senator Renee Unterman, Georgia
Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania

An Update on Senior Hunger, Diana Noel, AARP
Hunger Partnership Accomplishments, Gilberto Soria Mendoza, NCSL

NCSL Spring Forum | Denver, Colorado, May 2013

Feeding People, Not Landfills – Why Reducing Food Waste Matters
NCSL’s Hunger Partnership, Health & Human Services Welfare Committee, Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Reducing food waste in our society has significant economic, social and environmental benefits that bring a diverse array of stakeholders together.  In 2010 more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated while 17.2 million U.S. households were food insecure.  Whether diverting food waste from landfills, reducing resources used in food production, or incentivizing food donation, opportunities exist for legislators to play an active role in moving this effort forward.  Join your colleagues from across the human services, agriculture and environment fields for a discussion of just what states are and can be doing to tackle this emerging issue.
Jeanne Von Zastrow, Senior Director, Industry Relations & Sustainability, Food Marketing Institute 
Carrie Calvert, Director of Tax and Commodity Policy, Feeding America
Jake Hamlin, Director of Government Relations, Cargill

Additional Presentations:

Immigration Reform and the Browning of America, James H. Johnson, Jr.

NCSL Executive Committee Meeting | Santa Barbara, California, January 2013

NCSL’s Hunger Partnership conducted a site visit to Ventura County School District in California to learn about their effective partnerships with the community, farmers, other school districts, and USDA school meal programs. The De Anza Middle School showcased its farm-to-school salad bar and classes that integrate nutrition education, gardening, cooking and math.  The Hunger Partnership also visited with a local farmer that supplies the school district with fresh vegetables every week.   See photos from this visit. Photo credit:  Emily Wengrovius, NCSL.

Group PhotoSite Visit to Ventura County School District.  Listen to an interview with Sandy Curwood, director of Food and Nutrition Services, about their effective partnerships with the community, farmers, other school districts, and USDA school meal programs. The De Anza Middle School hosted the NCSL Hunger Partnership to showcase its farm-to-school salad bar and its school curriculum that integrates nutrition education, gardening, cooking and math.

Promotora/Community Health Worker Programs
Speaker:  Maria Lemus, Executive Director, Vision y Compromiso
California’s SNAP Program/CalFresh
Speaker:  Erin Horgan, California Association of Counties
Santa Barbara Food Bank Partnerships
Speaker:  Erik Talkin, Chief Executive Officer, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Partnerships in Job Training, Food Donations and Hunger Relief
Speaker: Robert Egger, founder, D.C. Central Kitchen and L.A. Kitchen

PodCastStatecast with Robert Egger:

NCSL Fall Forum | Washington, DC, December 2012

The Hunger Partnership cosponsored a session with the Human Services and Welfare Committee. 
Senior Hunger:  Meals on Wheels and More
When the topic of hunger arises, seniors are often forgotten.  Public-private partnerships have found innovative ways to alleviate hunger in communities across America, including Meals on Wheels and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to get seniors the help they need.
Ellen Vollinger, Legal/Food Stamp Director, Food Research and Action Center, Washington, D.C.  
Diana Noel, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP, Washington, D.C
Martha Roherty, Executive Director of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) 
John M. Thompson, Executive Director, Washington, DC Office on Aging

NCSL Legislative Summit | Chicago, Illinois, August 2012

The NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership met at the 2012 NCSL Legislative Summit in Chicago, Illinois. See full agenda for details and various speaker presentations.

Tuesday, August 7

Public-Private Partnerships Address Hunger
Public-private partnerships have found innovative ways to alleviate hunger in communities across America. Learn how they’ve succeeded in using limited resources to make food available to the growing need.


  • Scott DeFife, National Restaurant Association, Washington, D.C. (Presentation)
  • Jim Larson, Food Donation Connection, Tennessee (Presentation)
  • Lincoln Ellis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana, Indiana
  • Mary Dossett, YUM! Brands, Inc., Kentucky (Presentation)

NCSL gratefully acknowledges YUM! Brands for supporting this luncheon session.

Wednesday, August 8

What Americans Think About Hunger
Human Services and Welfare Committee | Hunger Partnership

A national pollster will discuss hunger in America today, addressing questions such as family priorities in food consumption and government and personal responsibility. A representative from Walmart will address the role their stores play in the lives of families shopping on a restricted food budget. Learn how to best discuss hunger and SNAP and related nutrition assistance programs with the public.


NCSL gratefully acknowledges Walmart for supporting this luncheon session.

NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership Business Meeting
Hunger Partnership members will discuss ways to expand on their successful work by exploring further the role of state legislators and public-private partnerships in addressing hunger.

  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia

Thursday, August 9

Food and Farm Issues Breakfast
Agriculture and Energy Committee | Human Services and Welfare Committee | NCSL Foundation Hunger Partners
Examine the ongoing reauthorization of the 2012 Farm Bill, especially in light of tight federal and state budgets. Receive an update on current food policy and farm issues, including rural development programs, SNAP and other food assistance programs.


  • Jerry Hagstrom, Founder and Executive Editor, The Hagstrom Report, National Journal, Washington, D.C.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) for supporting this breakfast session.

NCSL Legislative Summit | San Antonio, Texas, August 2011

Food BankThe NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership met in san Antonio at the 2011 NCSL Legislative Summit. This unprecedented two-part issue forum featured a panel presentation followed by hands-on learning at the acclaimed San Antonio Food Bank. This pair of sessions presented innovative public-private partnerships in feeding both traditional and new populations experiencing hunger in America. Innovative practices include increasing access to SNAP, WIC and school meal programs for children, families, veterans and seniors. The sessions were moderated by Senator Steven Horsford, Nevada, and Senator Renee Unterman, Georgia.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion - Bringing Legislators to the Table:  Addressing Hunger in America

  • Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, USDA
  • JoAnn Jenkins, President, AARP Foundation
  • Laura Melillo, Executive Director, Yum! Brands Foundation & Global Community Relations

Podcasts of these three speakers can be found here.

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Site Visit to San Antonio Food Bank

  • Eric Cooper, CEO, San Antonio Food Bank
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas

The NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership released its newest publication, Bringing Legislators to the Table:  Addressing Hunger through Public-Private Partnerships, at the Legislative Summit.

Legislators at The Food Project in BostonNCSL Executive Committee Meeting | Boston, Massachustetts, May 2011

The second meeting of the NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership occurred at the 2011 NCSL Executive Committee Meeting.The Partnership enjoyed a site tour, panel discussion and a business meeting to share ideas and flesh out priorities for future Partnership events and publications. View highlights of the Hunger Partnership meeting in Boston here.

Thursday, May 5

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Site Visit to The Food Project

The Food Project (TFP) provides programs for youth and teens to become leaders in the creation of a sustainable food system in greater Boston. TFP distributes the food grown on its 40 acres of farm land to Community Supported Agriculture programs, farmers' markets and hunger relief organizations across greater Boston.

Friday, May 6

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Panel Discussion - Leveraging SNAP, WIC and Feeding Programs

This session focused on recent efforts to improve access to nutrition assistance programs; implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; and what legislators can do to improve the access and value of SNAP and other benefits in their own communities.

  • Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Services, USDA
  • Dr. Deborah Frank, Director, The Grow Clinic for Children, Boston University School of Medicine (presentation)
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Business Meeting

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion - Role of Corporate Foundations in Hunger

This session focused on the role of foundations in promoting solutions to hunger in America through effective public-private partnerships.

  • Margaret McKenna, President, Wal-mart Foundation
  • Ellen Goldberg Luger, Executive Director, General Mills Foundation (presentation)

NCSL Fall Forum | Phoenix, Arizona, December 2010

The first meeting of the NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership occurred at the 2010 NCSL Fall Forum. This panel disucssion focused on the changing face of hunger in America in the wake of the Great Recession. Panelists explored the increase in food insecurity among various populations, especially households that are newly eligible for public benefits; the growth in participation in federal nutrition assistance programs; and the consequences of hunger for the nation's most vulnerable groups.

  • Ed Cooney, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center
  • Bill Ludwig, Regional Administrator, Food and Nutrition Services - Southwest Region, USDA
  • Ginny Hildebrand, President & CEO, Association of Arizona Food Banks (presentation)
The Partnership also met to discuss priorities and ideas for future events and publications.

NCSL Legislative Summit | Louisville, Kentucky, August 2010

Legislators displayed strong interest in a more formal project on hunger at a panel discussion on hunger at the 2010 NCSL Legislative Summit. Listen to a podcast from USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon here.


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