Session Info

Session Descriptions

The 2019 Sunshine Summit to End Hunger will provide a variety of presentations, panels and breakout sessions during the two-day event.

What’s new?

We are honored to welcome keynote speakers Ankit Kawatra and Srishti Jain, Founder and Co-Founder of Feeding India, who will provide an international perspective on hunger!

We are excited to welcome Executive Chef Albert Tash, of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, who will be performing a live cooking demonstration using recovered food!

The agenda below is subject to change.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

8:55 am — 10:30 am : Opening Keynotes

Keynote Speaker: Akrit Kawatra, Feeding India

Solving America’s Hunger Crisis

Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Everett, Texas Hunger Initiative

With more than 40 million Americans experiencing hunger and poverty, we are a nation in crisis.  How can our country stand idly by while our neighbors go hungry?  How can the Church?  In this time of spiritual and political unrest there seems to be a collective intuition that working together to solve our country’s and our world’s greatest woes is a better path forward than the mean spiritedness and vitriol we see from our politicians, preachers, political commentators, and endless amounts of social media posts. Author of I Was Hungry: Cultivating Common Ground to End an American Crisis, Jeremy K. Everett, believes most of us want children to have ample access to food and adults to be able to find work that can sustain a family—and that most of us feel that the processes towards these ends do not have to pit us against each other. Everett will discuss our collective calling to the hungry and evidence informed ways we can all participate in ending hunger and poverty together from the grassroots level all the way to the halls of power in Washington, D.C. Afterall, the only way we move forward as a nation is if we do so together.

10:40 am — 12:15 pm : Breakout Sessions

SNAPchat: Are you an Anti-Hunger Advocate?”

Moderator: Arianne Corbett, Leading Health

Speakers: Ellen Vollinger, FRAC; Marlysa Gamblin, Bread for the World

Unlock the power of policy and advocacy to support the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger vision to build a hunger-free community with access to nutritious food for all. Participants will explore state and Federal policies that impact hunger and poverty in our community and identify strategies to advocate for change. Get ready to roll up your sleeves, collaborate with colleagues and create an advocacy action plan that will inform and engage elected officials as we work together to create a hunger-free Tampa Bay.

Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: Caring for the Caregiver

This interactive workshop will teach participants about the types of trauma associated with hunger and poverty and how those
traumas impact attitudes and behavior.

Presenter: Jamie Meyer, Metropolitan Ministries

Racial Equity Institute: The Groundwater Treatment (Part 1)

Presenter: Wanda Hunter, Race Equity Institute

Why is race still a key determinant of education, health, employment, and interaction with public safety and legal systems? Could it be in the groundwater?  This lively research-based presentation will help participants better understand how our systems in America are racially structured to produce the persistent inequities that we see. Join us as we learn how to take a “groundwater approach” to working for equity and racial justice.

Hunger and Lived Experiences

Presenter: Jane Walker, Daystar

What does and doesn’t work in fighting hunger, from the perspective of those who have lived it.

Miami Gardens Community Transformation

Presenter: Thamara Labrousse, Live Healthy Miami Gardens

12:30 pm — 2:00 pm : Lunch Keynote

Ending Hunger, Beginning to Live

Keynote Speaker: April Kelly-Drummond, Denny’s Inc.

2:05 pm — 3:35 pm : Breakout Sessions

Racial Equity: Discussing How to Effectively Apply This Lens to Policies to End Hunger”

Presenter: Marlysa Gamblin, Bread for the World

To end hunger in the U.S. by 2030, our policies have to center communities who are most affected by hunger. Within the United States, communities of color, especially African American, Indigenous, Latino and Native Hawaiian communities have traditionally had the highest rates of food insecurity, in large part to structural racism. Upon understanding structural racism, many people ask “what’s next” and “what can I do?” The answer to these questions is racial equity. Applying a racial equity lens to the policies we design, pass and eventually implement puts the needs of communities of color at the center, and accounts for the historical trauma that many communities have, and continue to, face. In other words, racial equity empowers us to think about creative, effective and culturally appropriate ways to provide targeted support that each community needs to fight hunger. Come learn how to apply a racial equity lens to key federal programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). When food insecurity is reduced among communities of color, then the U.S. has a fighting chance at truly ending hunger by 2030.

Healthcare Fallouts from Food Insecurity: A need for healthy, accessible and affordable options

Presenter:  Jenneffer Pulapaka, DeLand Foot and Leg Center

Health ramifications of food insecurities and the need for improved patient-physician dynamics

Innovations in Addressing Senior Hunger

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.

Moderator: Steve King, Meals On Wheels of Tampa

Speakers: Jason Martino, Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas

Racial Equity Institute: The Groundwater Treatment (Part 2)

Presenter: Wanda Hunter, Race Equity Institute

PART 2: Why is race still a key determinant of education, health, employment, and interaction with public safety and legal systems? Could it be in the groundwater?  This lively research-based presentation will help participants better understand how our systems in America are racially structured to produce the persistent inequities that we see. Join us as we learn how to take a “groundwater approach” to working for equity and racial justice. *Attendees must attend both parts 1 and 2 of this program.

Friday, October 25, 2019

10:40 am — 12:15 pm : Breakout Sessions

At the Bottom of the Food Chain: Experiences of Food Insecurity among African-American teens in Tallahassee, FL

Presenter: Dalila D’Ingeo, Ph.D., University of South Florida

This panel presents the results of research that investigates food insecurity as experienced by African American adolescents in low-income, segregated neighborhoods of Tallahassee, Florida. It examines how food habits are formed in contexts that are highly impacted by poverty and discrimination, and how they are influenced by social networks and social capital. It also studies community gardens as potential interventions to expand adolescents’ food options and social capital, considering both their benefits and limitations. Finally, it examines the goals and roles of community gardens in different Tallahassee neighborhoods, comparing their characteristics and purposes from the perspective of
adolescent and adult participants in different local communities.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Cooking Demo

Presenter: Albert Tash, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

What meals can you make with the most commonly stocked items at food pantries that seem like they could never come together to create a meal? Join Executive Chef Albert Tash as he demonstrates delicious and nutritious dishes that can be made using these foods.

Job Listening

Moderator: Florence French, Bread for the World

As Bread for the World works to build a public facing advocacy campaign around jobs, we are talking to partner organizations, these conversations will help us gain valuable insights—a better understanding of the policy landscape, clarity around opportunities and challenges and guidance on messaging to different audiences. These conversations will also help us build our network for future engagement and mobilization on jobs related policy issues. Our listening is an opportunity to engage those we are meeting with and to learn from and better understand each other.

Food Hubs: Using Urban Agriculture to Improve Food Insecurity”

Moderator: Sean Baraoidan, REAL Building Consultants

Speaker: David Whitwam, Whitwam Organics

Urban farms and community gardens can play essential roles in supplying fresh, healthy produce to residents living within food deserts. Come hear how these panelists are creating a network of community gardens within areas of Tampa that have low food security and low car ownership rates. Their goal is to ultimately create a local food movement and create “Food Hubs” within the City where fresh produce is grown, the community is educated, and community gardens can send their excess produce to be sold. These Food Hubs would improve the health, sustainability, social well-being, and economic vitality of our communities.


How Community Composting Can Build a More Resilient Community

Presenter: Amanda Street, Pinellas Community Composting Alliance


12:30 pm — 2:00 pm : Lunch Keynote

Craig Gunderson, University of Illinois-Urbana

There is not a legislatively stipulated “right to food” in the United States but there is an extensive food assistance safety net that guarantees at least some conception of a “right to food” for all Americans, namely being free from food insecurity.  In this presentation, I begin with by covering the measurement and determinants of food insecurity.  I then turn to the largest food assistance program in the United States, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its essential role in alleviating food insecurity and that it does so in ways that are consistent with at least some definitions of what constitutes a “right to food”.


2:05 pm — 3:35 pm : Breakout Sessions

The Border in Our Backyard, and the Public Charge Mandate

Moderator: Jennie Economos, Farmworkers Association of Florida

Speaker: Margarita Romo, Farmworkers Self-Help

Learn and discuss issues specific to farm workers and how their work affects food insecurity, including their own experiences.

Understanding food access and grocery store environment in under-served neighborhoods in Tampa

Presenter: Heewon Gray, University of South Florida

TBNEH member will present research study that was designed to better understand food access and residents’ grocery shopping patterns in under served neighborhoods in East Tampa. Learn about the findings of this study and how they support the neighborhood’s plan to establish a new grocery store in East Tampa, as well as further efforts to improve quality, variety, and price of foods in existing stores.

Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation

Presenter: Florence French, Bread for the World

This simulation is an interactive tool that helps people understand the connections among racial equity, hunger, poverty, and wealth. It is a good first step for people unaware of structural inequality, a support tool for those who want a deeper understanding of structural inequality, and a source of information for experts who want to know the quantifiable economic impact of each policy that has widened today’s racial hunger, income, and wealth divides.

Social Enterprise

Moderator: Eleanor Saunders, ECHO

Touted as the next big thing in non-profit funding, but is it the right fit for your organization?  Hosted by a local social entrepreneur, this session will help you understand what goes into launching, sustaining, and growing a revenue producing enterprise.

The Happy Fridge

Presenters: Srishti Jain and Ankit Kawatra, Feeding India

The Happy Fridge is a community fridge installed by responsible groups of people to donate nutritious food to the needy. Residents, citizens with excess food can put it in this fridge, and people who need food can take it from the fridge. Happy Fridges are installed in residential complexes, markets, RWAs, etc. and are able to serve 1,500 – 2,000 meals a month. This is a smart solution to ensure that no one in the community ever sleeps hungry and there is no food waste thrown on the road.