The 2018 Sunshine Summit to End Hunger hosted the following breakout sessions during the event.
Some of the exciting program pieces that are new this year include: a celebrity chef cooking demo with Albert Tash (Executive Chef of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa), a policy debate, and a raffle!
Day 1: Monday, October 29
Keynote Presentation // 8:30 am - 9:30 am
There are many complicated factors that contribute to the problem of food insecurity. Addressing hunger at the community level can be equally complex. Learn more about innovative ways that communities are combating hunger and some interesting insights into factors contributing to food insecurity.
Brenda Davis Koester, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Workshop Block 1 // 9:45 am - 10:45 am
This session will review the assessment of hunger being conducted in Tampa Bay and Jacksonville in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Preliminary results and implications for programming and policy will be discussed.
Dr. Lauri Wright, The University of Northern Florida
Dr. Emily Piltch, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Celebrity chef cooking demo using recovered food with Albert Tash, Executive Chef of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Touted as the next big thing in non profit funding, but is it the right fit for your organization? Hosted by two in-the-trenches social entrepreneurs, this session will help you understand what goes into launching, sustaining, and growing a revenue producing enterprise.
Eleanor Saunders, ECHO
Cliff Barsi, Metropolitan Ministries
Trudy Novicki, Florida Impact
Lynn Geist, Pinellas County Schools
Workshop Block 2 // 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learn how and why hunger disproportionately affects people of color and ways to address it.
Florence French, Bread for the World
Tiffany Kelly, Circles
Bob Walker, Empower School and Farm
Jeannie Economos, Farmworker Association of Florida
To solve hunger, we must consider all the components of a sustainable food system. Food sovereignty is a concept that has guided a global social movement towards healthy, sustainable, and culturally appropriate foods. Along with community members that are active in food production, this panel will provide a brief overview of the principles of Food Sovereignty, Tampa Bay projects that align with the principles, and a discussion on how the community can work towards food sovereignty and community food security.
Whitney Fung, University of South Florida
Dell deChant, University of South Florida
Jake Pieterse, Habitat for Humanity
The purpose of this panel is to identify the best methods and practices to produce food to feed the world and to eliminate waste.
Arie Fry, University of Florida Student and 2017-2018 Florida FFA State VP
Cynthia Diaz, The Corner Store
Mary Heysek, United Food Bank of Plant City
Brian West, Publix
Gary Wishnatzki, Wish Farms
While the federal poverty line has been the traditional model of economic need, research shows that families need to make so much more to even stay afloat. Called ALICE: Asset-Limited Income-Constrained Employed, these are our community members working hard but still struggling to get by. Learn the real number of people struggling in your community and what you can do to address their needs.
Douglas Griesenauer, United Way
Lunch // 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm
Effective Advocacy to Protect and Strengthen SNAP. Panelists will share their expertise to discuss how to promote the positive effects of SNAP and other food assistance programs; ways to counter arguments proposing cuts or changes to these programs; and resources to bolster your arguments and contact policymakers in the most effective way along with a Q&A from the audience.
Ace Padian, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger
Patricia Baker, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Ellen Vollinger, Food Research and Action Center
Workshop Block 3 // 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Discuss the challenges and solutions to fighting childhood hunger during the school year.
Julie Kreafle, United Way West Palm Beach
Allison Monbleau, The School District of Palm Beach County
Paula Triana, The School District of Palm Beach County
Javier Vazquez, The Orange County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services
Discuss what does and doesn’t work in fighting hunger, from the perspective of those who have lived it.
Jane Walker, Daystar
Chely Figueroa, Metropolitan Ministries
What SNAP options are left to state decision-makers? And how do we advocate for them?
Ellen Vollinger, FRAC
Cindy Huddleston, Florida Legal Services
Patricia Baker, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute’s Benefits Unit
Day 2: Tuesday, October 30
Keynote Presentation // 8:30 am - 9:30 am
There is a lot research pointing to indisputable evidence about the effects of childhood trauma, like divorce or domestic abuse, and how it impacts health outcomes as children grow up. Many families struggling with these issues also struggle with poverty and food insecurity and visit our food pantries and hot meal locations…experiencing hunger as part of their trauma experience. Learn different solutions for food advocates and providers to “transform hunger, one person at a time”, and help transform experiences of hunger to a future of hope and health.
Christine Long, Metropolitan Ministries
Workshop Block 4 // 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Learn and discuss how to engage healthcare providers to identify and address their patients’ food insecurity.
Lisa Bell, BayCare
Quinn Lundquist, Florida Department of Health
Todd Post, Bread for the World
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has developed two innovative resources using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to provide users with a resources were created to support organizations that work to bridge the hunger gap in Florida’s most vulnerable communities. In this session, get an in-depth look at the features and practical applications of Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy and the Summer Resource Map.
Carey “Allie” Caldwell, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Justin Mandrup-Poulsen, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Discuss obstacles that are unique to immigrants seeking food assistance, and how to overcome them.
Kathy Dain, Beth El
Margarita Romo, Farmworkers Self-Help
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States and, as a result, the issue of senior hunger is also one of our fastest growing concerns. It’s an issue all of us can relate to as we all have parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents who are aging. We simply must respond to this growing need to care for those who have spent their lifetimes building this country and caring for us. Plain and simple – it’s the right thing to do.
Steve King, Meals On Wheels of Tampa
Mark Adler, Meals On Wheels of South Florida
Leah Judith Slavensky, Pinellas Community Foundation
Workshop Block 5 // 10:30 am - 11:30 am
This interactive workshop will teach participants about the types of trauma associated with hunger and poverty and how those traumas impact attitudes and behavior.
Jamie Meyer, Metropolitan Ministries
Learn about the current status of food insecurity in teens, coping mechanisms and strategies they use to get food for themselves and their families, and the sacrifices they make to fight hunger.
Paige Tucker, JWB
Yaya Yaridis, JWB
Does it make sense that low-income communities have only unhealthy food options? How can low-income residents afford food that will help both their health and the economic health of their community? Learn innovative tools to help Local Community Food Systems work in engaging low income residents!
Mark Trujillo, University of Florida/IFAS Family Nutrition Program
Heather Henderson, Feeding Florida for the Fresh Access Bucks
Dr. David Himmelgreen, University of South Florida
Erica Nelson, Harvest Hope Community Garden
Scarlett Amey-Wyns, UMCM Suncoast