By Donald Ross
Scioto County Candor
The Community Action Organization of Scioto County (CAO) is partnering with Scioto Foundation and King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) of Ohio to host the upcoming exhibitor fair, Hunger Summit 2018. This will take place from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm on March 20th, 2018, at the Welcome Center. This fair will be introducing many speakers, as well as giving ideas for solutions on how hunger may be solved. Registration will be held from 8:45 AM, until 9 AM. Afterward, the fair will kick off with a welcoming message from the CAO Executive Director, Steve Sturgill from 9:30 am to 9:45 am., with a sponsor spotlight following the welcoming speech from 9:45 am to 10:30 am, then an hour breakout session from 10:45 am to 11:45 am. Following the breakout session will be Lunch & Exhibits, catered by Port City Cafe, from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Shortly after, an afternoon keynote from Children’s Hunger Alliance will be presented from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, with breakout session two and three following up (Breakout Session 2- 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm, Breakout Session 3- 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm).
An itinerary of the Adult Track consists of a full schedule, starting at 10:45 am, with the topic of food security being presented by OSU Extension Educator and Scioto County Extension Director, Treva Williams, until 11:45 am. Next, there will be the discussion of seniors and food insecurity, starting at 2:15 pm, with Assistant Director and Director of Operations Nina R Keller speaking as the moderator. Panelists for the session will be Rebecca Montgomery, Scioto County Department of Job & Family services, Consultant Dietitian Jane Ellen McGovern and Social Services Director Angela Davis. From 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, a speech will be given on WIC and SNAP at the Farmers Market with WIC Coordinator for CAO Barbara Borden-Gibson, and Training Officer with Scioto County Department of Job & Family Services Stephanie Free.
The Youth Track will begin at 10:45 am, with the topic of discussion directed to Programs Addressing School Aged Hunger (PASAH) presented by Director of Ohio Food Program Carol Whitmer, and Assistant Director of Community Partnerships and Programs Jacquelyn M. Bouvette, with PASAH ending at 11:45 am. Youth Track will then pick back up at 2:15 pm, with a session on Kids & Hunger: A Solution-Oriented Approach. The session will be presented by Karen Bakies and Sharon Maynard of American Dairy Association, and will end at 3:15 pm. A speech about Equipping Schools with Tools for Success will be presented by Ohio State Coordinator with Actions for Health Kids, the speech will begin at 3:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm. A keynote speech by Children’s Hunger Association will wrap up the night. This will be presented by Senior Vice President for Development, Erin Flynn, and Senior Director of Programs, Shannon Amos, ending the Youth Track.
To conclude, the Children’s Hunger Alliance will be giving the final speech as they discuss a detailed overview of how they intend to use the funds awarded to them in December of 2017, by the Walmart foundation, as well as their collaboration with Ohio University, which entails the results after finishing their food insecurity research.
The Welcome Center is located at 342 Second St. in Portsmouth, Ohio. You can register and find further information on the Hunger Summit by going to www.caosciotocounty.org/summit2018.