WED: Summit Seeks Solutions to End Child Hunger in Montana
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
By Jessica Rhoades
HELENA – Montana’s first statewide “Hunger Summit” begins tomorrow with the goal of finding ways to reduce hunger for Montana children. Hosted by the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Montana Food Security Council, the one-day summit will take place at The Front Street Learning Center in Helena (815 Front Street) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.
“Hungry children have difficulty learning,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau. “We look forward to hearing from community leaders from across the state to help find better ways to decrease hunger for Montana’s children.”
“The problem of children without adequate and healthy food is serious, and this summit creates an opportunity for a diverse group of people to come and share their ideas on planning future actions to solve the problem in a sustainable way," said Minkie Medora of the Food Security Council.
Participants will include businesses, foundations, service organizations, medical professionals, public health agencies, elected officials, and faith-community members among others.
One in 10 people in Montana live in households where there is not always enough food. With more than 85,000 children living in such households, hunger is a real issue for Montana families. The short and long-term outcomes of poor nutrition and inconsistent access to healthy food lead to health, social, and economic problems for Montana communities. Children growing up with hunger are less likely to become employed, financially secure adults. Montana communities will benefit from increased information about child hunger and be able to seize opportunities to end the problem.
Note: Due to high interest, registration for the summit is full.
Office of Public Instruction: Jessica Rhoades, 406.444.3160 firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana Food Security Council: Minkie Medora, 406.549.3413