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2018 Hunger Free Communities Summit

Alliance to End Hunger

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

2018 Hunger Free Communities Summit

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The 2018 Hunger Free Communities Summit is a two-day national event organized by the Alliance to End Hunger and Hunger Impact Partners. This annual conference features community-based solutions to ending hunger from throughout the United States. We will explore initiatives that engage multiple community stakeholders to develop high impact solutions to hunger. We will showcase corporate-community partnerships, collective impact projects and innovating approaches from foremost experts and practitioners in the field.

The summit will provide current and aspiring Hunger Free Community organizers and others interested in implementing effective anti-hunger solutions a forum to learn, share and network while exploring best practices.

The goals for the conference include examining:
1. effective strategies for addressing childhood hunger;
2. successful implementation of collective impact and human-centered design strategies;
3. innovative and transformative approaches from content experts and practitioners;
4. new tools, resources and partners for planning, implementing and evaluating community-based hunger relief efforts.

Featured Speakers

  • Dorothy McAuliffe, National Policy Adviser, Share Our Strength
  • Ellen Luger, Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Services, Minneapolis Foundation
  • Julie Mikkelson, Midwest Region Nutrition Programs Director, USDA
  • Justin Block, Director, Retail Information Services at Feeding America
  • Kari Armbruster, Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Project Manager, The Kroger Co.
  • Katie Clark Sieben, Director, Cargill Foundation
  • Kitty Finn, Senior Account Manager, Manufacturing Partnerships, Feeding America
  • Lori Silverbush, Film Director and Producer
  • Louise Iverson, Senior Program Manager, General Mills Foundation
  • Michael Grover, VP Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis
  • Sandra Hoyt Stenmark M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine & Community Benefit Physician Lead of Health Equity, Kaiser Permanente
  • Ambassador Tony Hall, Executive Director Emeritus, Alliance to End Hunger


Featured Content
• Over 50 speakers ranging from local practitioners to national experts
• Film Screening: A Place at the Table with remarks by Lori Silverbush, Film Director and Producer


• Panel Discussions:
o Return on Investment: The Case for Increasing Food Security
o Corporate and Community Partnerships


• Encouraging Innovation Track Workshops:
o Solving Problems using Human-Centered Design
o Full Lives in North Minneapolis: Strengthening an Interdependent Comprehensive Food Sector
o Addressing Food Deserts through Community Initiatives
o Kroger’s Zero Hunger, Zero Waste Initiative
o Health Equity & Innovative Partnerships


• Hunger Free Communities Best Practices Workshops:
o Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger
o The Jobs Challenge: Working to End Hunger
o Laying the Groundwork for Coalition Action: Conducting Asset-Based Community Assessments
o Demonstrating Collective Impact: Hunger Free Minnesota Initiative


• Child Hunger Solutions Workshops:
o Bringing It Home: A New Model to Reach Kids in the Summertime
o SNAP in Schools: A Pilot Program
o Lunch 4 Learning: Lessons from a Community Eligibility Campaign
o Breakfast After the Bell as a Best Practice to Address Childhood Hunger and Food Insecurity


• Hunger Free Communities Training Workshops:
o From Social Service to Social Change
o 9 Best Practices for Developing Strong Hunger Free Community Coalitions
o Self-Assessment Workbook for Hunger Free Communities
o Impacting Food Insecurity on a Tight Budget: Prioritizing Limited Resources in Your Community

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Date Time Event
Monday, October 1 TBD Pre-conference tours/activities
Tuesday, October 2 10am Registration opens
Tuesday, October 2 12:00-1:30pm Lunch/Opening Program
Tuesday, October 2 1:45-3:15pm Workshops
Tuesday, October 2 3:30-5:00pm Workshops
Tuesday, October 2 6-8:30pm Dinner Program
Wednesday, October 3 7-8:45am Breakfast
Wednesday, October 3 9:00-10:30am Workshops
Wednesday, October 3 10:45am-12:15pm Workshops
Wednesday, October 3 12:30-2:15pm Lunch Program
Wednesday, October 3 2:30-3:30pm Networking


 Summit Registration Fees

 $150/person- General Registration

Only checks or credit cards will be accepted.  

(To pay by check, please select this option from drop down menu in the payment type section.)

Email Brittany Madison at to ask about our Student/VISTA Member rate.


Conference Hotel

The event will be held at Graduate Minneapolis Hotel, 615 Washington Ave, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.  The conference rate is $160 plus tax.  To make a reservation, please call 612-379-8888 using the group name "2018 HFC Summit" or go online to The group rate will be available until 9/14/18.


More Information & Contact

For more detailed conference information go to: 

Contact Minerva Delgado, Director of Coalitions & Advocacy, Alliance to End Hunger at 202-688-1139 or

Have questions about 2018 Hunger Free Communities Summit? Contact Alliance to End Hunger

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Graduate Minneapolis Hotel
615 Washington Ave, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

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Alliance to End Hunger

The Alliance to End Hunger engages diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad.

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