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Hunger Free Texans Quarterly Conference

Hunger Free Texans

Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST)

Hunger Free Texans Quarterly Conference

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January's conference will, for the first time, include breakout sessions and promises to be our biggest and best to date! As always, the conference is free to attend.

Lunch will be catered by H-E-B's Central Market!

Below is a draft of the agenda for the conference. It will be updated as speakers and sessions are finalized.


Hunger Free Texans

Conference Agenda

Thursday, January 23, 2014

8:00am - 4:00pm

Houston Food Bank

535 Portwall

Houston, TX 77029

8:00 - 8:45am           REGISTRATION




8:45 - 10:25am         PLENARY I


Conference Opening Remarks

Aaron Herrera, MSW

Chair, Hunger Free Texans


Conference Welcome

Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics & Executive Director, National Soybean Research Laboratory

University of Illinois


Fighting Hunger Together

Celia Cole, CEO, Texas Food Bank Network


Keeping the Underserved Healthy

Karen Love, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Community Health Choice


Prevention Services the Key to Healthy Living in America

Brion Oaks, VP of Health Equity

American Heart Association, Southwest Region


Innovative Hospital Outreach

Boston University Medical Center


Wellness Strategies for Public Health Systems

                                 David Lopez, CEO Harris Health System


10:30 - 11:25am       BREAKOUT SESSIONS I:


  • Partnering with Healthcare Organizations
  • Increasing Farmers Markets & Community Gardens
  • Food Insecurity Among Older Adults
  • Fighting Childhood Obesity at a Local Level
  • Combining Chronic Disease Education in Your Nutrition Planning
  • What Funders Look For


11:30 - 1:00pm         PLENARY II



Julie Lara, MPH, CPH

Public Affairs, H-E-B


Lunch & Networking

Catered by Central Market


Welcome from Hunger Free Texans

                                 Aaron Herrera, MSW,

Chair, Hunger Free Texans

Children at Risk

Mandi Kimball, Director of Public Policy and Government         Affairs


Business Driven Solutions Around Healthy Food Access

 Matt Smith, PepsiCo Foundation


The Importance of Collective Impact - Panel

 Brian Greene, President & CEO, Houston Food Bank

 Eileen Hyde, Director of Network Engagement,Collaborating   for Clients, Feeding America  

 & Molly Scott, Urban Institute


Public Policy Update and Impact of ARRA SNAP Cuts

since November 1st

JC Dwyer, Director of Public Policy and Communications,

Texas Food Bank Network

Partnering with the Faith Based Community

Rev. LaMarco A. Cable, M.Div

Deputy Director, Organizing and Grassroots Capacity Building

Bread for the World

& Scott Atnip,Congregational Outreach Director, Texas Impact


1:05 - 2:05pm           BREAKOUT SESSIONS II:


  • Building Relationships with Your Grocers and Food Distributors
  • Innovative Hunger Relief Approaches in Food Deserts
  • Outreaching to Minority Populations
  • Increasing Wellness through Community Events & Mobile Outreach
  • Fighting Hunger & Obesity through Call Centers
  • Creative Approaches to Feeding Children
  • Holistic, Integrated Care Models



2:05 - 4:00pm           PLENARY III


Afternoon Dessert & Networking


Afternoon Welcome

Joe Williams, Vice President, Regulatory and Member

Services, Texas Retailers Association


The Role of Higher Education in Collective Impact

Dr. Ira Colby, Dean and Professor of Social Work, University

of Houston


Food Waste in America

Shannon Jones, USDA


Health Benefits of Breastfeeding and Good Nutrition

Alisa Sanders, RN, Lactation Foundation Clinic Manager,

UT Health


PLENARY Closing Remarks

Doug McDurham, MSW

Director of Programs, Texas Hunger Initiative


Conference Closing Remarks

Aaron Herrera, MSW

                                    Chair, Hunger Free Texans


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When & Where

Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall Street
Houston, TX 77029

Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST)

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