National Anti-Hunger Summit Heading to Tampa’s Amalie Arena

August 8, 2017

Two-day summit to unite organizations, advocates and volunteers

WASHINGTON DC, August 8, 2017 – In the United States, 42 million people struggle to put food on the table every year, including 13 million children and 5.7 million seniors. This November, anti-hunger organizations, advocates and volunteers are coming together for a national two-day summit at the 600,000-square-foot Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, aimed at changing that reality.

Set for Monday, November 6, through Tuesday, November 7, the 2017 National Sunshine Summit to End Hunger is the product of a partnership between the area’s Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and the Alliance to End Hunger. TBNEH has merged its annual conference with the Alliance’s annual Hunger Free Communities Summit to create a single, high-impact event that focuses attention and expertise on a national problem that is the lived experience of families across our nation’s communities.

The summit will provide a forum for the anti-hunger community to learn, share, and network. In workshops, panel discussions and lectures from keynote speakers, presenters will discuss collaboration and advocacy techniques, identifying and maximizing resources and implementing best practices in day-to-day anti-hunger work. Panel topics include childhood and senior hunger, healthy food access, and food waste and recovery.

The summit includes opportunities for attendees to propose their own innovative ideas. “The Greenhouse: Seeding Solutions to End Hunger” event encourages local attendees to submit proposals for up to $20,000 of funding to advance an innovative idea to help solve hunger. Selected applicants will present proposals at the conference to a panel of CEOs from across the Tampa Bay area. Additional information on The Greenhouse event can be found at

“We’re excited to be working with the Alliance to End Hunger to promote not only an end to hunger, but to food insecurity and food insufficiency for a healthy lifestyle,” said Caitlyn Peacock, executive director for the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. The network works to build a hunger-free community with access to nutritious food for all. “This summit will engage people from every corner of communities in our nation to increase awareness, promote health and create a lasting, positive impact.”

The Alliance to End Hunger is a national organization that seeks to build the political commitment and strategic partnerships needed to end hunger by working through its members, including nonprofits, corporations, universities and faith-based organizations. The Alliance supports 70 networks across the country by providing resources, training, technical assistance and a national platform for the hunger-free movement.

“We are thrilled to be partnering this year’s Hunger Free Communities Summit with the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger,” said Rebecca Middleton, executive director for the Alliance to End Hunger. “Supporting and promoting hunger free communities as a model for combating hunger in this country is critical, and we are excited to highlight the strong work going on in Tampa as an example of what is possible across the country.”

The 2017 National Sunshine Summit to End Hunger is seeking sponsors and accepting registration. Early bird registration is $125.00 for individuals and $150.00 thereafter. Registrations options, including group pricing, and sponsorship opportunities are online at

The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH) is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization aiming to tackle hunger in the tri-county service area – Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. Members include academics, scientists, government agencies, churches, farms, food banks and more. With a mission to end hunger by bringing people together to eliminate barriers and increase nutritious food access, TBNEH ensures that members have the most up-to-date information and resources, including a Hunger Map which shows food supply and demand in the networks tri-county area. As a collective, TBNEH identifies and implements solutions to hunger, with projects including healthy corner stores that provide access to nutritious foods in low-income communities; an app that connects restaurants with local charities who distribute excess foods to their clients; collecting and recycling unusable food from food banks; and ensuring that children who rely on school meals also have food access during the summer.

About Alliance to End Hunger
The Alliance to End Hunger engages diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. As a coalition of over 90 members including corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, universities, international organizations, and individual, we work to develop innovative partnerships among our members; political commitment among government leaders; and connections among groups working to end hunger domestically and internationally.

The Hunger Free Communities Network™ initiative supports locally-based, multi-sector coalitions committed to ending hunger in their communities. The initiative is formed around the belief that to end hunger at the local level, a broad range of community stakeholders must unite behind a common vision. Working with local stakeholders, the initiative supports work to better understand hunger in underserved populations, gaps among programs, and untapped resources. By building bridges between elected leaders and local nonprofits, faith groups, and businesses, the Alliance to End Hunger is developing a foundation of public will to make a lasting impact in the lives of hungry people.

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