THE IOWA HUNGER SUMMIT is held each year during the World Food Prize's week of events in October at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel Downtown. It kicks off the events, preceding the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, also known as the "Borlaug Dialogue." The Iowa Hunger Summit gathers hundreds of leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business & industry, state & local government, social agencies, churches & religious communities, schools & universities, and other groups that lead or participate in projects to eradicate hunger.
This year's Iowa Hunger Summit will feature an exceptional opportunity to hear the five most recent U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture discuss current issues in food security. This bipartisan conversation will be moderated by World Food Prize Council of Advisors member Secretary Tom Vilsack, with Secretaries Dan Glickman, Ann Veneman, Mike Johanns & Ed Schafer participating in the session. It is an extremely rare occurrence to bring together Secretaries of Agriculture from across many administrations and both political parties.
This all day conference, which includes a special Hunger Luncheon, is free & open to the public. The program features speakers & special panel sessions with leaders/experts in confronting hunger, poverty & malnutrition, both at home & abroad. The Governor & bipartisan representatives from the Iowa Legislature are regular attendees at the Hunger Luncheon, which also features the presentation of Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award. Featured speakers at past Hunger Summits include: Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder of Mary's Meals; Howard G. Buffet & Roger Thurow, the author of "The First 1000 Days."