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Hunger Free Colorado hosted its annual Summit to unite nonprofit organizations, educators, faith community leaders, government representatives, foundation and corporate leadership, and community members for a full day of cross-sector learning. The seventh annual convening took place on Sept. 27, 2017, at The Cable Center in Denver. It was a great day of discussing important topics, sharing best practices, exploring innovative approaches to overcome barriers, and fostering even more collaboration to ensure no Coloradan goes hungry!
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO for the Center of Global Policy Solutions, gave a powerful keynote address on the intersection of racial injustice and hunger. As Dr. Rockeymoore inquired at the beginning of her speech: “What do you do when the system you live in is not designed for YOU?” She also reminded us that “we are all in this together” and “we need to deliberately reject the stereotypes” that we hear every day.
Other session topics and presentations included:
- Why words matter & the power of reframing
- The role of the faith community in social justice
- The Soul Food Scholar & black presidential chefs through history
- Voter engagement as an advocacy strategy for nonprofits
- WIC: Providing food access to Colorado families
- The Blueprint to End Hunger in Colorado
Equity, community engagement, and collaboration are key in creating the systems, policy, and social changes needed at the federal, state and local levels, which is why they were common themes throughout the day. We all must work together if our shared vision and goal is to ensure every Coloradan has access to healthy, affordable food, regardless of their race, ethnicity, immigration status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, background, or zip code.
This year’s conference would not have been possible without the attendees, speakers, volunteers and staff, as well as the generous support of sponsors. Thank you for everyone’s involvement! Stay tuned for news about the 2018 Summit!
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Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!