From March 1–3, anti-hunger advocates from around the country will once again descend on Washington, D.C. for the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference to share and learn best practices and innovative strategies for ending hunger. The 2020 conference is co-sponsored by FRAC and Feeding America in cooperation with the National CACFP Forum.

Meet the Keynote Speakers

Sunday Welcome Plenary: 20/20 Vision for the Next Decade: Challenges and Opportunities for the Anti-Hunger Movement — Incoming FRAC President Luis Guardia and Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot will share their visions and inspiration for advancing the anti-hunger movement’s agenda in 2020 and beyond.

Monday Lunch Plenary: Elevating Hunger and Poverty During the Election Cycle and in the Public Discourse — The 2020 election cycle offers an opportunity to shine a national spotlight on the reality of hunger and poverty in this country and why they should be priorities for policymakers at every level of government. During this lively discussion, speakers will share thought-provoking strategies for creating a compelling narrative that will ignite public discourse and political will to advance solutions to end hunger and poverty.

New This Year! State Fair: Marketplace for Innovation

For the first time, the conference will feature a Marketplace for Innovation. The goal is for attendees to share best practices and advocacy strategies in an interactive setting. We’ll have approximately 35 tables in the Regency Ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, where state and local advocates will share ideas that have worked for them and that other advocates can replicate in their own city or state.

Back by Popular Demand! Anti-Hunger Boot Camp 101: An Entry-Level Course in Federal Nutrition Program Advocacy

Designed for new or early-career advocates and first-time conference attendees, this pre-conference workshop on Saturday, February 29 will provide an overview of how best to engage in advocacy to protect the federal nutrition programs. The workshop will provide an overview of the federal nutrition programs and will include a section on the basics of the legislative process and an introduction to tools of the trade for effective anti-hunger advocacy. The workshop will also have an open mic session so we can answer any questions you may have.

Speakers: Tamara Fucile, Director for Government Affairs and Senior Advisor, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP); Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs, FRAC; Lauren Badger, Senior Government Relations Associate, FRAC; and Robert Campbell, Managing Director of Policy, Feeding America.

Members of Congress to address conference attendees

Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D., (D-WA) will address attendees during the Breakfast Plenary on March 2. As a pediatrician, she has a unique understanding of the needs and struggles facing families. The Congresswoman will share her perspective on the importance of federal nutrition programs in improving and supporting food security, health, and well-being across the lifespan of low-income people. Sen. Bob Casey will address attendees at the Lobby Day Kickoff on Tuesday, March 3 before they meet with their Members of Congress. As a champion of federal nutrition programs on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Casey will share his keen insights on effective strategies and game-changing legislation for critical nutrition programs.

Start Planning Your Conference Schedule: Check out the content-rich workshop sessions that will cover a wide range of hunger and poverty issues.

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