Hungry for Change Summit



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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:

Kevin Concannon was nominated by President Obama and Secretary Vilsack and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2009 to serve as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services includes the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).

Working in partnership with State and local organizations, FNS oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program; child nutrition programs including National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Summer Food Service Programs; The Child and Adult Care Food Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the Commodity Supplemental Food Program; Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; The Emergency Food Assistance Program; and other nutrition programs.  One in four Americans are now served by FNS programs.

CNPP is responsible for developing and promoting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate, and a number of dietary and economic reports influencing nutrition policy.

Under Secretary Concannon has had a lengthy and distinguished career in public service. He has served as Director of State Health and Human Services departments in Maine, Oregon, and Iowa. He has served in a number of national organizations, including serving as President of the American Public Welfare Association, President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, trustee of the American Public Human Services Association, and board member of the American Humane Association.

He has received a number of awards, including the Lifetime Human Services Award from the American Public Human Services Association in 2007, 2012 Catholic Charities USA Keep the Dream Alive Award, and the 2012 National WIC Association Leadership award.

He is a native of Portland, Maine, and received both his both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from Saint Francis Xavier University.  He was awarded a Doctor of Laws Degree honoris causa by Saint Francis Xavier University in 2013. Concannon has taught graduate courses at the University of Connecticut, Portland State University, Oregon, and the University of Iowa as Adjunct Professor of Social Work.


Thanks to our 2016 presenting sponsor!