2011 marked the launch of the first Hunger Dialogue nationwide. The Kansas Hunger Dialogue was an event designed to build consensus agreements among Kansas colleges and universities to integrate hunger awareness, advocacy, and action on all campuses. Statewide dialogues have been held every year in Kansas since the inaugural year and numerous multi-sector partners have become engaged in campus and community projects to end hunger.
Following Kansas’s lead, North Carolina brought together a number of universities and community partners to hold the “NC Campuses against Hunger” Conference in 2012 and 2013 on the campuses of Elon and Wake Forest Universities, respectively. In 2014, Appalachian State hosted a webinar series as a new hunger dialogue format.
Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, hosted the first annual Ohio Hunger Dialogue on September 26-27, 2014 with Ambassador Tony Hall, former U.S. Congressman, Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger and three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize delivered the keynote address.
In November 2014 the Maine Extension system hosted its first Hunger Dialogue, bringing together students, administrators, faculty and multi-sector partners from across the state. The effort was so successful that the second Hunger Dialogue is scheduled for November 6-7, 2015 at the University of Maine in Orono.
Hungry for Justice was the theme of the inaugural Alabama Hunger and Poverty Summit with students from the state’s two- and four-year colleges attending. The policy-focused event was sponsored by Troy University and Alabama Possible and was held on the campus of Troy University at Montgomery on April 10, 2015.
On April 15, 2015 Dakota Weslyan University held its first Hunger Summit, which brought together leaders and innovators in the fight against hunger from around the country and across the campus in a hands-on day of activities, sharing of best practices and opportunities for collective action.