2016 Dallas Hunger Summit Video

Missed the 2016 Dallas Hunger Summit? Catch up here! Expert panels included the National Commission on Hunger, Child Hunger and Healthy Food Access.

Hunger Expert Discusses USDA Report on U.S. Household Food Insecurity

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released its report, “Household Food Insecurity in the United States in 2015.” The report shows a significant decline in the national food-insecurity rate, from 14 percent to 12.7 percent in one year, which means that millions more people throughout the nation now have access to food. Director of Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) Jeremy Everett was appointed by Congress in 2014 to serve for a year on the National Commission on Hunger, which was charged with providing policy recommendations to Congress regarding programs and funds to combat domestic hunger and food insecurity.

In this Q&A from Baylor University, Everett discusses the report, food insecurity in the nation and in Texas, and which campaigns and efforts are working to reduce the number of people going without meals.

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Major Accomplishments of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions 2016

The Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions was created in 2012. Learn about its measurable successes through collaboration and partnerships at this video link:

2016 Dallas Hunger Summit Challenge: Eliminate barriers that limit access to healthy food

September 20, 2016

DALLAS—Improved access to healthy food means eliminating both geographic and economic barriers, speakers told the fifth annual Dallas Hunger Summit.

That involves making fresh fruit and vegetables available in the neighborhoods major supermarkets don’t serve, and it requires economic development initiatives and job training, they emphasized.

The summit, convened by the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions, explored policies and programs to fight food insecurity, particularly among children and senior adults. Sponsors included Dallas Baptist Association, Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas and the Texas Hunger Initiative, based at Baylor University.

Work in collaboration and cooperation

By working together, the private and public sectors, as well as the nonprofit and faith communities are making a difference in eliminating hunger in the United States, said Jeremy Everett, director of the Texas Hunger Initiative.

Everett praised the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions as “the best in the country” in terms of making a collective impact through collaboration and cooperation.

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2015 Dallas Hunger Summit Engages Community Leaders

What do a private trust banker, a political science professor, an award winning public radio journalist and a Baptist preacher have in common? They were speakers recently at the 4th annual Dallas Hunger Summit organized by the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

Over 200 people attended the 2015 Dallas Hunger Summit held at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas during Hunger Awareness Month in September! Those who were there came from as far away as Lubbock and as nearby as next door. Why? They came to gain a greater understanding of the realities of food insecurity and the tangible opportunities to make a difference through partnership and collective impact.

Byron Sanders, Vice President for U. S. Trust, community advocate and all-round great guy, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Active on the boards of multiple community organizations and committed to equitable communities, Byron was instrumental in leading us to understand the issue at hand.

This year’s Hunger Summit theme was Roots of Hunger, Growth of Partnerships, and Harvest of Opportunities. In exploring the Roots, to more effectively solve the problem of hunger and food insecurity, we heard from Dr. Timothy Bray, Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research at UT Dallas. He laid the groundwork for the day, sharing the facts and figures that shape the poverty landscape in and around Dallas.  See Dr. B ray’s analysis here: Exploring the Impact of Poverty in Dallas.

Courtney Collins, journalist for KERA Media and reporter for the news series “One Crisis Away”, followed with real-life stories of families struggling with “asset poverty” and under-resourced neighborhoods. Her accounts helped us better understand how hunger and food insecurity exist. Glance at Courtney’s presentation here: One Crisis Away Hunger Summit Presentation 2015

Examining Growth provided the opportunity for us to go into breakout sessions and learn about the work being done through the Coalition’s five Action Teams and how more collaborators can help build on that work. This conversation continued over lunch.

Finally, in reaping the Harvest, Rev. Eugene Keahey transfixed us with his testimony and case study about what’s possible in the fight against hunger through partnerships and collaboration. His passion and compassion for the severely neglected community of Sandbranch, Texas touched everyone in the room. Learn about Rev. Keahey’s work in the Sandbranch community here: Keahey – Welcome to SandBranch

And yet, there was still more!  Following the Hunger Summit, interested attendees toured the Encore Park Community Garden, operated by The Stewpot. They saw first-hand the kind of innovative initiatives that are occurring in Dallas to reduce hunger and food insecurity.

Feedback indicates that the 2015 Dallas Hunger Summit successfully increased awareness and enlisted potential new partners for the continuing work that is needed to have a significant impact on the problem. We hope to see YOU in the trenches!

This post was written and contributed to the blog by Wyonella Henderson-Greene, Coalition Coordinator.