A few weeks ago, our Coordinator Erin Summerlee attended the 2015 Closing the Hunger Gap Conference in Portland, OR, with two friends from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier: Randi Quackenbush, Advocacy and Education Manager, and Lyndsey Lyman, Agency Outreach Coordinator. We sat down with them to learn about the innovative organizations and programs they encountered at the conference and how they plan to incorporate these new ideas into their work.
Apply for a scholarship to attend Closing the Hunger Gap!
To make Closing the Hunger Gap as inclusive as possible, we have a limited number of scholarships and work trade positions for eligible participants. View the full details at http://thehungergap.org/scholarships/
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Deadline: June 26, 2015
Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by July 17, 2015.
Questions? Email [email protected]
There are three types of scholarships:
- Registration Scholarships – registration fees for one attendee
- Community Partners Scholarships – registration fees for people who work or volunteer together. A = for two people, B = for one person
- Work Trade Position
HOW TO APPLY
1. Download, read the scholarship application, and write up your answers first. The application will not allow you to save your answers and continue later. Writing your application first will also allow you to check the word count for your answers. The maximum word count for open-ended questions is 250 words.
Download the Application for the type of scholarship you want to apply for:
Community Partner Scholarship (A): for myself and a community partner
Community Partner Scholarship (B): for a community partner (I have funding to attend)
Closing the Hunger Gap
September 13 – 16, 2015
The 2015 Closing the Hunger Gap: Cultivating Food Justice Conference, hosted by the Closing the Hunger Gap network and Oregon Food Bank, will bring together food banks, anti-hunger advocates and food justice activists from across North America. More than 500 attendees will be in Portland, Oregon from September 13-16 to network, learn about community food systems strategies and create a collective vision. If you believe food banks should expand their efforts beyond food handouts and toward collaborative, community-based empowerment initiatives, this event is for you!
The conference aims to incorporate a broad range of topics including health and nutrition, food hubs, community organizing and strengthening connections between local farms and emergency food providers. Presenters and attendees will represent food banks, farms, and nonprofit organizations focused on health, education and food justice. In addition we will hear from emerging leaders and people most impacted by hunger.
The conference features:
- A key note presentation by Nick Saul from Community Food Centres Canada.
- Field trips around the region focusing on labor in the food system, empowerment through food, child nutrition, community economic development and the Columbia River Gorge food system.
- 32 workshops on topics such as community economic development, how to fund community food system projects and food justice.
- A fantastic reception featuring food from participants of a multi-cultural food business incubator program, live music and time to connect with other conference attendees.
- An intensive, day-long course on Food Policy Councils.
- An open space session where every participant has the opportunity to convene a discussion about what interests them most.
Registration opens June 1. Scholarship applications will be available mid-May.
The conference will be held at:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, Oregon 97232
We have a discounted rate at the DoubleTree:$139/night for a standard queen room or $159/night for a double Queen or single King room.
Click here to reserve your room or call the DoubleTree by Hilton Central Reservations Office: 1 (800) 996-0510, please mention our Personalized Group Code to receive the discounted rate. The code is CFB.
Proposal Deadline: April 1, 2015
Closing the Hunger Gap (CTHG) is a network of food banks, anti-hunger advocates, and food justice activists from across North America working to engage food banks and their constituents in expanding their efforts beyond food handouts, toward community-based empowerment initiatives that effectively network with broader food security work.
At the first CTHG conference in 2013, 300 people from 170 organizations representing 33 states plus Washington, DC gathered together in Tucson, Arizona. For the 2015 conference, we expect to bring together more than 500 attendees representing emergency food providers, farms, and nonprofit organizations focused on health, education, and food justice. The conference will be a vibrant, diverse, and inspiring event where attendees have ample time to learn new skills, discuss innovative programs, and network with their peers.
We are looking for proposals that:
- Are creative and interactive and provide opportunities for significant audience participation.
- Focus on “how to” and skill building and that allow time for attendees to think through how they might adapt and implement programs/skills in their own communities.
- Include a diverse group of workshop leaders, such as emerging leaders, youth, project participants, and community members.
- Demonstrate collaboration across sectors.