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Northeast Times | October 5, 2022

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A Different Look at Hunger: Hungry for Change Summit

A Different Look at Hunger: Hungry for Change Summit

Hunger and its connection to poverty, health, social justice, financial decision-making, community building, public policy and other topics will be explored at the “Hungry for Change Summit” presented by Tarrant Area Food Bank on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

“We want this summit to inspire citizens concerned about hunger and poverty to think differently about these conditions in order to more effectively address them in their communities,” said Bo Soderbergh, executive director of Tarrant Area Food Bank.

The summit is open to the public, free of charge, and takes place Sept. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at one of Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Partner Agencies, 6 Stones Mission Network, 209 North Industrial Blvd., Suite 233, Bedford, Texas 76021. Guests are asked to register and indicate which summit sessions they plan to attend. Registration is at

 Keynote speaker Joe Ader, leader of Understanding Poverty (UP) training for nonprofits, businesses and religious groups, tells audiences that those who want to help, employ, sell products to or teach people living in poverty, don’t think like those who are impoverished. “It is time you gained an understanding of poverty,” he says.

Summit workshops include, among others, the following:

  • The Opportunity Costs of Poverty: Understanding the nature of financial decisions made by low-income families.

  • Hunger Through the Lens of Social Justice: Why efforts to end hunger must address the political, social and economic systems that benefit from families and communities going hungry.

  • The Hunger/Health Connection: The intersection of food insecurity and health problems.

  • Cultural Competency: A look at diversity in communities and how to respect and be sensitive to those cultures.

  • The Padua Pilot: What does it take to help families move out of poverty? That is what Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Catholic Charities USA and the University of Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunities are committed to discovering through the Padua Pilot.

  • Advocacy: How To influence and engage decision-makers in supporting programs and initiatives that address hunger and poverty.