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  •  5th Annual Hunger Issues Forum

    Friday, September 28th, 2012

    Time: Registration: 8:30 AM
    Program & Lunch: 9:00 AM- 1:30 PM 

    Location: Locatelli Student Activity Center
    Santa Clara University

    On Friday, September 28th, the Food and Agribusiness Institute is pleased to once again sponsor and host the 5th Annual Hunger Issues Forum in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank.

    The event is free; space is limited but RSVP is required. The Hunger Issues Forum is a one-day event for current (and aspiring) Hunger-Free Community Organizers.  It will address food access, healthy eating and highlight trends such as hunger among families, children, and seniors.  The Forum is designed to spark conversation and action to strengthen our community's safety net.  Learn about emerging trends in local hunger through the 2011 Hunger Index from Drew Starbird, Ph.D., Dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.  If you are passionate about closing the meal gap, this is the place for you. 

    Students: feel free to attend any part of the forum but please RSVP.

    RSVP Required:

    The Hunger Issues Forum is organized by Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and sponsored by Santa Clara University’s Food and Agribusiness Institute and Leavey School of Business. At the event, the dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, S. Andrew Starbird, will update the Hunger Index, which measures the gap between the need for food and the ability of government agencies and food-assistance organizations to provide it.

    Other event speakers include:

    *Keynote speaker Judi Larsen, program manager at the California Endowment, will talk about exciting changes that are happening with school-based feeding programs.

    *Second Harvest Food Bank CEO Kathy Jackson will speak about the Food Bank’s recent expansion and new business model.

    *USDA Western Regional Director Dennis Stewart will focus on ways to optimize federal nutrition programs.

    *Santa Clara County Social Services Agency DEBS Director Jan Picolorich will share new technology innovations that are connecting people to CalFresh and other services.

    *The Health Trust CEO Frederick Ferrer will talk about partnerships that have been forged to address the growing food needs of vulnerable populations.

    *Dannielle Campos, senior vice president and national philanthropy program manager for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, will focus on the Corporate Coalition to End Hunger.

    *Sunnyvale Community Services Executive Director Marie Bernard will discuss ways her agency is increasing access to nutritious food for their clients.

    *Santa Clara University students Courtney Robinson, Lisa McMonagle, and Mahbod Parvar will present findings from their Cost of a Healthy Meal study.

    *Cindy McCown, senior director of Programs and Services at Second Harvest Food Bank, will talk about opportunities for taking action.

  •  To Label or Not to Label GE Foods: Proposition 37

    To Label or Not to Label GE Foods: Proposition 37

    Monday, October 29th
    Presentation: 5PM
    Location: Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center
    Cost: FREE!

    Join FAI in welcoming Professor David Zilberman. Dr. Zilberman is an expert in the field of genetically engineered foods and a professor at UC Berkeley in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department.

    Register online at:

  •  Soda's Demise: The Sweetened Beverage Tax

    Soda's Demise: The Sweetened Beverage Tax
    Monday, October 22nd
    Presentation: 5PM
    Location: Lucas Hall, Rm. 126 (Forbes Conference Room)
    Cost: FREE!

    Join FAI in welcoming Councilman Dr. Jeff Ritterman. Dr. Ritterman is a retired cardiologist who introduced a ballot initiative to add a one cent tax per ounce to sweetened beverages in Richmond, CA.

    The tax profits will be used to fund programs to curb obesity, especially in children. The ballot initiative will be voted on by Richmond residents in the November election.

    Dr. Ritterman will discuss the importance of curbing childhood obesity in America and how his taxing sweetened beverages will help.

    To register, visit\


     Click here to watch a video on the Food for Though speaker series!

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