About "A Place at the Table"
50 million Americans -1 in 4 children- don't know where their next meal is coming from. "A Place at the Table" tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, "A Place at the Table" shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides, as they have in the past, that ending hunger is in the best interest of us all.
Join us for this exclusive film showing followed by a very special discussion panel and audience Q&A with Barbie Izquierdo (featured in the film), Sharon Thornberry (involved in making the film), and two Iowans who are leaders in the fight against hunger here at home - Angie Tagtow and Matt Russell.
The film showing will be held at 6pm in the Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Des Moines Downtown Marriott, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309.
about the Iowa hunger summit
THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE FOUNDATION established the Iowa Hunger Summit as a means to celebrate Iowa's great successes in fighting hunger and poverty and to unite in further action against both.
The Iowa Hunger Summit, first held in 2007, seeks to gather leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and other groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger.
The specific goals of the Hunger Summit are:
- To celebrate the many outstanding efforts of Iowans toward ensuring adequate food for all;
- To encourage Iowans to continue and expand these efforts; and
- To increase statewide awareness of hunger, poverty, and related issues.
Each year, World Food Prize officials contact organizations and individuals around Iowa to gather information on anti-hunger projects held in the past year and tabulate the total amount that Iowans have donated, collected, or contributed toward fighting hunger. This amount is announced at the “Hunger Luncheon,” which features meals by hunger fighting organizations and an inspirational keynote speech on hunger-related issues.
The Iowa Hunger Summit is held annually on or around October 16, which is celebrated globally as UN World Food Day and is marked in Iowa by the World Food Prize events. In past years, the World Food Prize has attracted more than 1,000 participants from more than 65 countries annually, with many global leaders referring to the award as “the Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.”