03/08/18

Anti-Hunger Policy Conference Passes the Mic to Advocates

About 1,200 anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates descended upon Washington, D.C. February 25 – 27, 2018 for the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference sponsored by Feeding America and the Food Research & Action Center. While it was my first time attending this annual event, several regular attendees noted the markedly different energy in the air. A significantly more vocal audience punctuated the plenary sessions with cheers, shouts and standing ovations. The drive to build a more just and sustainable food system was contagious, particularly as anti-hunger groups brace for potentially substantial changes to nutrition assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The conference sessions were wide-ranging and featured experts on hot-button food policy issues, child nutrition, senior hunger, rural communities, immigration, homelessness and more. Although hunger was explored through multiple, diverse lenses, key themes appeared across each session. These themes – and what they could mean for broader anti-hunger efforts – are noted below:

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Elizabeth Stoltz is an account supervisor at FoodMinds in Washington, DC.