Just released! We are excited to share a new report and video made in collaboration with WhyHunger, a member of the Closing the Hunger Gap Leadership Team, and food access organizations that participated in the recent national Closing the Hunger Gap “Cultivating Food Justice” Conference. This Special Report: America’s Food Banks Say Charity Won’t End Hunger calls for a transformation from charity to justice and explores the growing conversation among food access organizations that ending hunger will take much more than food distribution. When the goal is to transform the systems and policies that perpetuate hunger, what role do emergency food providers play in achieving long-term change? How are resources allocated and how is success measured? Why is a focus on social justice essential?
Listen to voices from the conference – including Community Food Bank, Sisters Of The Road, Village Gardens, Janus Youth Programs, The Stop Community Food Centre, and Emily Becker from the Oregon Food Bank – on KBOO Community Radio‘s Food Show. The CTHG part starts about 20 minutes in to the program.
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.