During the first Closing The Hunger Gap conferences, attendees from organizations across the country started the work of building organizational relationships grounded in shared values and mutual support. Recognizing the value of those connections, several regions began to formalize a regional organizing process outside of the conference. Our goals in organizing regionally are: a chance to come together annually, build shared analyses, offer mutual support on regionally-specific issues, and inform the broader Closing the Hunger Gap network’s priorities. Over time, Regional Organizing and Gatherings have grown into spaces for building leadership, recognizing regional contexts and issues, co-learning, and taking shared action.
Closing The Hunger Gap recognizes seven regions: Western, Mountain Plains, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. Upon registering, members are prompted to select which region they identify with and will be followed up with by regional organizers.