Hungry for Change Summit



The 2017 Hungry for Change Summit will be September 27!

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summit-2016-collageNearly 1 in 8 Coloradans and Americans are not always sure when or where they will get their next meal. To combat such statistics, Hunger Free Colorado unites nonprofit organizations, educators, faith community leaders, government representatives, foundation and corporate leadership, and community members for a full day of cross-sector learning each year.

More than 250 community leaders and advocates participated in the sixth annual convening, hosted by Hunger Free Colorado and presented by Western Dairy Association. The sold-out event was held on Sept. 27, 2016, at The Cable Center in Denver, with Kevin Concannon, USDA’s Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, as keynote speaker.

The power of community was a theme throughout the day, and as Under Secretary Kevin Concannon said during his keynote, “We need both” government and charitable programs to ensure all can access nutritious food. Other topics covered included: engaging your elected officials, child nutrition and backpack programs, data and tools for opportunity, TEFAP explained, the move to healthier foods in food pantries, and innovative ways to solve hunger in your community.

It was a great day of sharing best practices, exploring innovative approaches to overcome barriers and fostering even more collaboration to ensure no Coloradan goes hungry. View the 2016 program.

Thanks to all of the attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers and staff for participating in the 2016 Summit and making it such a success!  Let’s continue the momentum and work together to ensure all Coloradans — no matter their age or zip code — has the fuel they need to thrive.


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Keynote Speaker:

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Dr. Maya Rockeymoore leads Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, DC-based policy firm that makes policy work for people and their environments.

A former adjunct professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University, Maya has also served as the vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), senior resident scholar at the National Urban League, chief of staff to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), professional staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, and as a CBCF legislative fellow in the office of Congressman Melvin Watt (D-NC) among other positions.

Maya’s areas of expertise include health, social insurance, income security, education, women’s issues and youth civic participation. She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip-Hop Generation and co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America among many other articles and chapters. Rockeymoore serves on the board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the National Association of Counties and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. The recipient of many honors, she was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004 and is the recipient of Running Start’s 2007 Young Women to Watch Award.

A regular guest on radio and television shows, Maya has appeared on NPR, CNN, Black Entertainment Television, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, Al Jazeera and C-SPAN. Her opinions have also been quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, LA Times, Boston Globe, Black America Web, and Houston Chronicle among other prominent national news sources.