Alliance Members Gather Around 2016 Opportunities

February 25, 2016

Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach, Alliance to End Hunger

On March 10, the Alliance to End Hunger’s membership will gather in Washington, DC for its semi-annual Membership and Board meetings.  These meetings offer Alliance members the opportunity to discuss prominent and timely opportunities in domestic and international food security arenas, and strategize how the Alliance coalition can uniquely engage with these issues.  Three areas of interest will be given focus at March’s Membership meeting: the Sustainable Development Goals, youth engagement, and the 2016 national elections and the Vote to End Hunger movement.

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Alliance Board & Membership meeting.

In September of 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals were formally adopted by the United Nations.  The SDG’s follow the closing year of the Millennium Development Goals, and provide an international development agenda that is comprehensive and ambitious, but also universal in nature.  This means the SDG’s are relevant to the U.S. as well as the ‘developing world.’  SDG 2, which focuses on ending hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, targets not only food itself, but also promotes functioning markets, sustainable agricultural practices, and investment in collaborative approaches to hunger.  The cross-sector and universal aspects of the SDG’s provide a perfect opportunity for the Alliance to engage meaningfully in promoting policies and practices that support development both in the U. S. and around the world.

Youth engagement has been a topic the Alliance to End Hunger has been increasing its involvement in.  Leaders from the Alliance’s Board of Directors are leading a Youth Engagement Working Group, which is exploring multiple avenues to work with youth and integrate youth engagement in the four broad aspects of the Alliance’s work: membership, advocacy, Hunger Free Communities, and the National Alliance Partnership Program.  The working group will be updating members on its work, and leading a discussion on how to best approach this complex issue.

Of course, the upcoming 2016 national elections provide an incredible opportunity to build both public and political will to end hunger.  In October of last year, the Alliance to End Hunger helped launch the Vote to End Hunger movement in Des Moines, IA.  This movement urges commitments from organizations and individuals willing to “raise the hunger question” and ask candidates what they plan to do to address hunger and malnutrition in the U.S. and around the world.  In addition to the VTEH movement, the Alliance’s own network has an extensive reach all over the country, and is able to grab the attention of not only presidential candidates, but also influential legislators and local leaders.  The gathered members of the Alliance at the Member Meeting will discuss how to best take advantage of the context of the 2016 elections.

Any members of the Alliance interested in joining the meeting on March 10 is strongly encouraged to register and attend. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Simpson at jsimpson@alliancetoendhunger.org.