March 15, 2019

The 2019 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (AHPC) may be over, but the insights shared throughout the conference still feel fresh and resonant, especially as anti-hunger advocates across the nation continue to fight old and new threats to proven nutrition programs that address food insecurity, while looking to grow efforts to reduce hunger. Such insights were offered by the #hungerpc19 plenary speakers: Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE); the Honorable Stephen K. Benjamin; and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Ph.D., Diane Yentel, LaQuita Honeysucker, and Matt Knott.

Weren’t able to attend this year’s conference and experience the plenary lineup in person? No worries — we have you covered! See below for full-length videos of the 2019 AHPC plenary speakers.

Lunch Plenary (Sunday, February 24, 2019): With Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester

Rep. Blunt Rochester — a dedicated anti-hunger champion who fought to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during Farm Bill consideration — shared her inspirational personal story and priorities for protecting and strengthening safety net programs during her “Creating Opportunities and Providing Defense to Anti-Poverty Programs” plenary session.


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Breakfast Plenary (Monday, February 25, 2019): With the Honorable Stephen K. Benjamin (Mayor of Columbia, SC; President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors)

An advocate for individuals and families in need, Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin provided invaluable insights on engaging in the fight to end hunger at the local level.


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Lunch Plenary Panel (Monday, February 25, 2019): With Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Ph.D. (Director, Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University; Margaret Walker Alexander Professor, School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research), Diane Yentel (President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition), LaQuita Honeysucker (Legislative Director, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union), and Matt Knott (President, Feeding America)

During the final plenary session — a panel titled “The Past, Present, and Future of Critical Human Needs Programs in the Shadow of the Shutdown” — Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Ph.D., Diane Yentel, LaQuita Honeysucker, and Matt Knott offered diverse, expert perspectives on the widespread impact of the partial government shutdown on SNAP, housing programs, retail jobs, and other sectors.


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