Reflecting on the Hungry for Change Summit 2015

It was so great to see so many people at the fifth annual Hungry for Change Summit on Tuesday. Thanks to all who could join us to discuss ideas and solutions that can move us toward a hunger-free Colorado!

Collaboration is key in creating the systemic, policy and social changes needed at the federal, state and local levels, which is why we host this convening each year. This year’s Summit sold out and brought together more than 250 hunger-free champions to share best practices, explore innovative approaches to overcome barriers and foster more collaboration.

The power of advocacy and policy change were themes throughout the day, and as Joel Berg said during his keynote, “Every social movement that’s succeeded has been based on people power.” Whether in the interest of our communities, organizations or ourselves, it’s time we speak out and advocate for an end to hunger through strong policies. We must work together to ensure everyone — no matter their age or locale — has the fuel they need to thrive.

Summit 2015 - Event Photo Collage

You can relive the Summit by viewing the PowerPoint presentationsour photo album and the Storify compilation of attendee photos and social media posts.

This year’s Summit would not have been possible without the attendees, speakers, moderators, panelists, volunteers and staff, as well as the generous support of sponsors.

A special thanks to presenting sponsor, Western Dairy Association, and the featured speakers: Joel Berg, executive director of New York City Coalition Against Hunger, and Ellen Teller, director of government affairs of the Food Research and Action Center.

Also, congratulations to Libby B., winner of the $100 Visa gift card! Thanks to all who completed the feedback survey, so we can continue to improve this event year after year.

To continue the momentum after the Summit, we hope that you’ll contact your elected officials about issues important to you, join us for our “hunger day” at the Colorado State Capitol on Feb. 2, 2016, and sign up for our news and alerts to stay up-to-date on future events, new initiatives and reports, and ways that you can take action in your community.

Each year, I leave the Hungry for Change Summit inspired by what I have learned, and I hope all other attendees did as well. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Executive director for Hunger Free Colorado

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