Hunger Forum to be held at DelVal March 21

Mar 11, 2014

Hunger Forum

Educators, industry, and the community will come together March 21 at DelVal to brainstorm and discuss new ways to fight hunger, one of the most important issues of our time.

Nearly one billion people-more than more one eighth of the world- suffer from chronic hunger, according to Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s Global Hunger & Food Security Initiative's fall 2012 data.

The Hunger Nutrition Coalition of Bucks County and Delaware Valley College will present a hunger forum in Moumgis Auditorium, located in the College’s Student Center Friday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The 2014 Hunger and Nutrition Forum, “In Our Backyard,” will celebrate and strengthen partnerships that support the local food system and improve access to nutritious food for those in need.

“Delaware Valley College is proud to partner with the community to bring folks together to find solutions to hunger, one of the most important issues of our time,” said Russell Redding, dean of agriculture and environmental sciences at Delaware Valley College. “This event brings awareness, important dialogue and new connections, which help our community put healthy food in the cabinets and on the plates of those who need it most.”

The Hunger Nutrition Forums are held every two years. At the last event, which was also at DelVal, the College announced, Hope of the Harvest, a partnership between DelVal, The Bucks County Opportunity Council, and Philabundance, that uses college land to grow fresh, nutritious food for those who are slipping through the hunger safety net. The project has continued to grow since then. As of October 2013, the project had produced 51,298 pounds of food for people in need since it was founded. The long-term goal is to reach 100,000 pounds of production per year by 2017.

The event will include information sharing, facilitated discussions, and keynote speakers from committed community partners. It is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. To register, please visit: Applegate Organic & Natural Meats is a sponsor of this year’s event.

“There are a lot of positive things happening in our community; folks are really coming together to help make a difference in the fight against hunger,” said Briana McGonagle, co-chairperson for the Hunger Nutrition Coalition. “At the forum we will celebrate all of the great work that’s been happening, and brainstorm to find additional, even more innovative ways of closing the food gap.”