Alliance Offers Unique Discussions, Opportunities at Fall Member and Board Meetings

November 24, 2015

Danielle Haddy, Manager of Membership Engagement and Partnerships

On October 22, 2015, the Alliance to End Hunger hosted its Membership and Board of Directors meetings in Washington, DC.  The Alliance holds two such meetings throughout the year—one in the spring and the other in the fall.  The Membership meetings typically bring together a majority on the Alliance’s membership to introduce new members, hold expert panels on prevalent hunger-related issues of the day, and discuss other Alliance-related business, including board and staff reports.  The meetings also offer time for Alliance members to network and brainstorm collaborative efforts.

Breakout sessions included leaders of the Alliance’s international coalition partners.

More than 80 people were in attendance throughout the day, representing over 60 different organizations, and was the Alliance’s most highly-attended annual meeting to-date.  In addition to the standard staff and board updates to the membership, the day was filled with a number of great panels and speakers, including a candid Q&A discussion with Congressional Hunger Caucus co-chair Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA).  Representative McGovern presented insights into ongoing conversations concerning hunger on Capitol Hill; and offered time for audience questions on current legislation, policies, and programs Rep. McGovern has become an expert on through his years of service.

Alliance COO Rebecca Middleton and Feeding America’s Lisa Davis also introduced the Vote to End Hunger movement.  The movement, using the 2016 election cycle as a vehicle, seeks to raise hunger on the national agenda by “asking the hunger question.” Six out of the seven steering committee organizations for VTEH are actually Alliance members (including the Alliance itself), and a general call was made inviting other organizations and individuals to join.

A third highlight of the day’s meetings was a breakout session conversation with leaders from the Alliance’s international coalition partners through the National Alliance Partnership Program.  These leaders represented civil society coalitions from Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia; and the breakouts offered an opportunity for an exchange of approaches and ideas around hunger and advocacy.

Finally, new members were introduced to the Alliance’s ever-growing coalition.  Convoy of Hope, Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, and Food Bus were introduced to membership; while Feeding America and Land O’Lakes were welcomed back.  A robust discussion around the Alliance’s membership and benefits structure was also presented.

The meeting was followed by a celebratory reception that afternoon in honor of the Alliance to End Hunger’s 10th anniversary.  The Alliance was joined by previous staff members, member organizations, friends, and past and current members of the Board to commemorate our 10 years of working together to build the public and political will to end hunger.