Santa Clara County Hunger Issues Forum
Friday, September 28, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
It’s Complicated: Hunger In Our Community
Spreading from cities to suburbia, food assistance is the “new normal” in our region. How do we connect hungry families to nutritious food where they live, learn, work and play?
Ending local hunger sounds complex. Feeding a neighbor in need is not. We’ll explore how to break down the barriers preventing families from accessing the food they need to lead healthy, productive lives.
At the Forum, you will:
· Learn from Leading Experts
· Connect with Local Leaders
· Share Your Knowledge and Experience
· Take Action by Leveraging Your Contacts
Registration: 8:30 AM
Program & Lunch: 9 AM – 1:30 PM
Have questions? Contact Lynn Lovely at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn From Featured Speakers
How do we address the complicated story of hunger?
What can we do differently to have a more significant impact?
Key Note Presentation: Judi Larsen, Program Manager with The California Endowment will provide perspectives on providing access to healthy food for all and exciting changes that are happening with school-based feeding programs. She will challenge us to think about people's health beyond the doctor's office and beyond the good vs. bad choices people make. In reality, health happens where we live, learn, work, and play—in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention.
Dennis Stewart is currently the Western Regional Director for US Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service. Learn more about the huge opportunities we have to optimize federal nutrition programs, given that California is last in our participation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) previously known as Food Stamps (and known as CalFresh in California). How can local interventions and state and federal legislation change our participation of this critical nutrition program?
Dr. Drew Starbird is Dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He will be presenting research on the 2011 Hunger Index, which measures the extent of hunger in Santa Clara County. Learn how we are doing on closing the hunger gap.
Kathy Jackson is the CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Kathy will share how the Food Bank has transformed their distribution model to expand the distribution of more fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn about expanded produce delivery programs and CalFresh outreach initiatives that can be brought to your neighborhood association, school, or non-profit this year!
Jan Picolorich is the Assistance Director, Department of Employment & Benefits Services (DEBS) for Santa Clara County Social Services Agency. She will share how technology innovations are connecting people with services with the use of mobile applications and "My Portal."
Frederick Ferrer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Trust. He will be sharing unique partnerships that are being forged to address the growing food needs of vulnerable populations. Learn about barriers, capacity limitations and ways to participate to address sometimes hidden needs.
Danniella Campos serves as Senior Vice President and National Philanthropy Program Manager for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation providing funding direction and leadership for the national giving program. Learn about the Corporate Coalition to End Hunger.
Marie Bernard is the Executive Director of Sunnyvale Community Services. She will share unique programs they are leveraging in order to increase access to nutritious food especially to fresh fruits and vegetables for seniors, families, and children.
Elmo - Sesame Street's Growing Hope Against Hunger Initiative is a new national program that helps "normalize" the need for food and what can be done through the eyes of children. Get resource materials to take back to your organizations!
When & Where
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Based in Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation. Currently providing food to more than one quarter of a million people every month, Second Harvest is a trusted community-based organization that was founded in 1974. Despite the immense wealth in Silicon Valley, and partly due to the high cost of living, hunger and malnutrition are pervasive. The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than any other food bank in the country, through a network of nearly 330 nonprofit partners at more than 700 sites. Second Harvest is pursuing innovative efforts to increase access to food resources, as it seeks to feed an additional 100,000 hungry people each month. To reach more people, it advocates for anti-hunger policies and connects those in need to federal nutrition programs and other food resources. To learn more about how Second Harvest is building a hunger-free community, visit www.SHFB.org.