DelVal partners with the community to host a hunger forum

Jan 27, 2012

The Hunger Nutrition Coalition of Bucks County will present its Biennial Hunger Forum: “Hope of the Harvest: Hunger No Longer” at Delaware Valley College Feb. 3, with DelVal’s Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Russell Redding as the keynote speaker.

“We’re honored to co-host the hunger symposium with the Hunger Nutrition Coalition because it will provide the opportunity for students to learn about the issue of hunger in our community,” said Redding. “And equally as important, we’re honored to help the community see where Delaware Valley College can help address this pressing social issue.”

At the forum, the Hunger Nutrition Coalition will present the results of a survey related to hunger. The survey, done every two years, will reveal that the local need for assistance is growing.

According to the survey, more people in the local community are relying on food stamps. In 2009, about 29 percent of the more than 6,700 people surveyed reported using food stamps. Last year, 34 percent of the 2206 people surveyed reported using the program.

The forum runs from 8 a.m. to noon in the Moumgis Auditorium in the Student Center. The event will work on strengthening partnerships to support the local agricultural community and improve the nutrition of local people in need. It will include breakout sessions and an interactive forum.

People who work in agriculture, human services, or for nonprofits, and community members who are curious about hunger in the area are encouraged to attend.

According to the coalition, 97 percent of food pantry clients in the community go without fresh fruit and vegetables if their local food pantry has none.

This event will cover topics such as: challenges that farmers face in the community related to donating fresh food, the ability to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for food pantries and the challenges with storing and moving these products off the shelves quickly.

The event will be an opportunity for the community to come together to look at the state of hunger in Bucks County and offer solutions.

This forum is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Participants are encouraged toregisterin advance online.