Saturday, May 02, 2015

Hunger and Health Conference Planned for Albuquerque on June 2

The Alliance to End Hunger, an organization that engages diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad, is one of the main sponsors of Come to the Table, a regional summit on hunger and health, on Tuesday, June 2, at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm 4803 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (map) in LosRanchos de Albuquerque. .The two other sponsors are ProMedica and Presbyterian Health Services. The summit is free of charge and will run from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

ProMedica and the Alliance to End Hunger have joined in sponsoring other similar Come to the Table summits , in partnership with other local and national health care organizations. The summits intend to encourage health care organizations to also address hunger as a health issue and federal legislators to protect food-related programs and policies.

The Albuquerque summit will feature perspectives from an array of experts including a keynote address by Audrey Rowe, Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"There are clear associations between food insecurity and poorer health status among children, adults and seniors, and our goal is to ensure that this topic becomes a priority in the healthcare industry," said the directors from the three sponsor organizations."The long-term, detrimental effects of poor nutrition on health include negative consequences on physical and mental development, as well as the productivity and economic success of our nation. While the human toll from hunger remains incalculable, one estimate puts related healthcare costs nationwide at a staggering $130.5 billion a year."

"Through our combined efforts we will continue to frame this issue in a unique perspective so that, collectively, we can develop and deploy sustainable solutions to end hunger and ensure it remains a national priority," said the organization leaders.

The Alliance to End Hunger has a strong connection to Bread for the World, which created the organization in 2001 as a platform for both secular and faith organizations to join together in the fight against hunger.  In 2004, the Alliance received 501(c)(3) status and became an independent organization with a unique board of directors and set of bylaws.  While separate, the Alliance continues to collaborate closely with its sister organization.

Click here to register for the June 2 Summit. For questions, please contact Barbara Petee (, ProMedica’s Chief Advocacy and Government Relations Officer. You can also reach her by phone at 419-469-3894.

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