The 2nd annual Kansas Hunger Dialogue took place this past week in Overland Park, KS. The innovative conference brought together 21 Kansas Colleges and Universities from across the state to talk about what steps Kansas institutions of higher education should take to create awareness, action and advocacy to eliminate hunger at home and abroad.
This year, the dialogue focused on the systemic issues of hunger and the over 120 students, faculty and staff were challenged to think beyond the typical models of fighting hunger, searching for ways that their institutions can use their assets to leverage policy and create large-scale change. Participants from two-year community colleges and larger four-year universities alike were challenged to transition their ways of thinking about hunger from “relief to development.” By leveraging their assets to address issues such as the Farm Bill, school lunch and breakfast programs, farm to school initiatives and immigration, schools were asked to increase their commitment to fighting hunger from a more holistic approach.
CKP had the honor of being part of the conference and was able to share with the schools ways to expand their community partnerships and better understand the assets they already have. The Kansas Hunger Dialogue is a unique conference that hopefully can be replicated by other states wanting to bring people together who are passionate and ready to solve the problem of hunger.
It was also announced at the conference that Universities Fighting World Hunger will be holding their 2013 Summit in Kansas due to the success and commitment of Kansas institutions of higher education participating at the Dialogue. The vision of Universities Fighting World Hunger is to be a catalyst mobilizing universities across the nation and around the globe to make fighting hunger a core value of high education institutions worldwide.