2017 NYS Anti-Hunger Conference

Our NYS Anti-Hunger Conference was a great success!

Nearly 300 anti-hunger advocates gathered May 17 in Albany to network, share information and seek solutions to hunger in New York State. Highlights included our panel of national experts who discussed the future of federal nutrition programs, and an inspiring call to action by nationally known anti-hunger advocate James Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center. The conference featured a variety of workshops and presentations that delved into the latest hunger research and explored ways to strengthen our nation’s nutrition assistance programs. Below, you will find links to download materials made available by the speakers.

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An Overview of Hunger in New York State

Sherry Tomasky, Director, Public Affairs, Hunger Solutions New York



Broadening the Reach of School Breakfast: Promising and Innovative Practices in NYS

Caitlin Lazarski, MS, RD, SNS, Director of Food Service, Newburgh Enlarged City School District
Dr. Roberto Padilla, Superintendent of Schools, Newburgh Enlarged City School District
Jessica Pino-Goodspeed, LMSW, Child Nutrition Programs Specialist, Hunger Solutions New York
Laurence T. Spring, Superintendent, Schenectady City School District

The Role of SNAP in Alleviating Hunger

Dottie Rosenbaum, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Effective SNAP Outreach

Lisa Irving, Statewide Coordinator SNAP Outreach and Nutrition Education, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
David Rimai Reynolds, Director of Nutrition Outreach and Education Program Field Operations, Hunger Solutions New York

An Update on Statewide Anti-Hunger Initiatives

Richard Ball, Commissioner, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Linda Bopp, Executive Director, Hunger Solutions New York
Anita Paley, Executive Director, Food Bank Association of New York State

Federal Update: Farm Bill, Budget, and Effectively Advocating for Safety Net Programs

Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)
Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs



Watch U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand’s acceptance speech.



SNAP and Emergency Food Programs: The Ultimate Public and Private Partnership

Robert Campbell, Director of Nutrition Assistance and Budget Policy, Feeding America
Jan Poppendieck, Senior Fellow, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
Triada Stampas, Vice President for Research & Public Affairs, Food Bank For New York City

The Role of SNAP in Alleviating Hunger

Dottie Rosenbaum, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Replicable Local Initiatives to Address Hunger

Gloria McAdam, Executive Director, GardenShare
Natasha Pernicka, MPA, Executive Director, The Food Pantries for the Capital District
Allison Puglia, Vice President of Programs and Agency Relations, Island Harvest Food Bank
Caity Tremblay, Food Service Coordinator, Troy Boys and Girls Club

Screening For Hunger—Bridging the Gap Between ​Food Insecurity and Healthcare

Kofi Essel, MD, Children’s National Health System
Richard Sheward, Senior Policy Analyst – State Policy, Children’s HealthWatch

Nourishing Kids and Teens Year-round: Strategies for Success

Dawn Boyes, SNS, Food Service Director, Sullivan County BOCES/Monticello Central School District
Sara Cole, Senior Vice President of Program Development and Innovation, YMCA of Greater Rochester
Michelle Crawford, School Food Program Specialist, New York State Department of Education—Child Nutrition
Mary Ellen Flynn, Public Health Nutritionist, NYS Department of Health Child and Adult Care Food Program
Andy Gilpin, Associate Executive Director, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services
Liza Multari, School Food Program Specialist, New York State Department of Education—Child Nutrition
Amalia Swan, Director Outreach & Child Nutrition, Food Bank of Central New York