June 13, 2017 National Governors Association

Learning Lab on Strategies to Reduce Childhood Hunger

Jun 13, 2017

June 12 – 13, 2017 | Richmond, VA

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a learning lab to help states identify advanced strategies for reducing childhood hunger. Teams from ten states traveled to Richmond, Virginia, where they learned how Virginia is reducing childhood hunger through the governor’s and first spouse’s leadership, education and awareness-raising, and expanding participation in child nutrition programs.

Meeting Resource List

Agenda

Day 1: June 12, 2017

Overview of Virginia Childhood Hunger Strategies and Initiatives

Moderator:

  • Martin Simon, associate director, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Virginia
  • Eddie Oliver, chief of staff to the First Lady, Office of the Governor, Virginia
  • Dr. Sandra Curwood, director, Office of School Nutrition Programs, Virginia Department of Education
School Breakfast Benefits for Students and Schools

Moderator:

  • Meghan Wills, program director, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Courtney Smith, director, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, Share Our Strength
  • Elizabeth Brightwell, program manager, No Kid Hungry Virginia, Virginia Department of Education
  • Karen Howard, school nutrition specialist, Virginia Department of Education Region 4
  • Rodney K. Taylor, director, Food and Nutrition Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
Luncheon Keynote: Developing a Childhood Hunger Narrative

Speakers:

  • Laura Hosny, director of strategic communications, Share Our Strength
  • Cameron McPherson, account director, The Hodges Partnership
Collecting and Leveraging Data to Fight Childhood Hunger

Moderator:

  • Stephen Harrington, policy analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Duke Storen, senior director for research, advocacy, planning and innovations, Share Our Strength
  • Dr. Robert Rose, director, Center for Geospatial Analysis, College of William and Mary
  • Kaylin Stigall, fellow, Center for Geospatial Analysis, College of William and Mary
  • Jennifer Piver-Renna, senior executive director for research, Virginia Department of Education
Expanding Access to Healthy Food for Families

Moderator:

  • Morgan Wilson, senior legislative associate, Office of Government Relations, NGA

Speakers:

  • Robin Gahan, senior government relations director, American Heart Association
  • Skye Cornell, chief programs officer, Wholesome Wave
  • Patrick Sturdivant, president, Anthem Virginia Medicaid Health Plan
  • Paula N. Garret, WIC program manager, Division of Community Nutrition, Virginia Department of Health

Day 2: June 13, 2017

Addressing Hunger Beyond the School Day

Moderator:

  • Kim Meinert, senior policy analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Dr. Steven R. Staples, superintendent, Virginia Department of Education
  • Stephanie Simms Hodges, operations manager, No Kid Hungry Virginia, Office of the Governor of Virginia
  • Enid Costley, children’s and youth services consultant, Library of Virginia
  • Kathy Hicks, nutrition director, Bristol Virginia Public Schools
  • Carolyn Wait, senior program manager, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, Share Our Strength
Closing Remarks

Speaker:

  • Courtney Smith, director, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, Share Our Strength
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