The 2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference took place in Washington DC from Feb 28 - March 1. Thousands of food bankers, food justice advocates, lobbyists, and legislators rallied to get additional support for the work they do. Representatives from non-profits, research groups, and federal and state government officials came together to learn about Advocacy, Access, Child Nutrition, and SNAP. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack shared his perspective on the importance of federal food support programs at a breakfast plenary. White House Domestic Policy Advisor Cecilia Munoz spoke of her experience researching hunger in America.
SLO FSC member Bryan Brown from CAPSLO attended and reported that the conference was "an excellent opportunity to network with others doing similar work, to learn what works and does not work, and to hear inspiring stories that bolster the energy to continue the fight to alleviate hunger." The event is presented by Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America and is held annually.
More detailed information:
2016 Federal Priorities to Fight Hunger in CA
Hunger Fact Sheet
Photo: Brooke ten Bosh (left) and Bryan Brown (right) represent CAPSLO at the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington DC. Photo Credit: Bryan Brown.
The SLO County Food System Coalition, or FSC, is a collaborative network that brings together many sectors to strengthen the local food system.