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Live Blogging from the Idaho Hunger Summit
I'm live blogging today from the Idaho Hunger Summit at the Doubletree hotel here in Boise, Idaho. Over 260 service providers, church leaders, advocates, nutritionists, and citizens are gathered to learn about hunger issues in Idaho and organize our voices together. Organizers of the summit include the Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger (IIRAH) and the newly-formed Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force. (Special thanks to IIRAH convener Gayle Woods and family for hosting me during my time in Boise!)
This morning Governor Butch Otter welcomed an excited crowd and signed a proclamation to declare October "Hunger Awareness Month" in Idaho. Gov. Otter’s proclamation was followed by an address from Kate Houston, the Deputy Under Secretary for Nood, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at USDA.
It's hard to communicate this across a blog entry, but there’s a fantastic energy in the air, and it's amazing to see so many committed people join together in the movement to end hunger. Roughly one in seven families in Idaho are hungry or at risk of Hunger according to USDA, so there is much work to be done.
Today’s workshops are focusing on everything from improving how state and federal programs are administered on a local level, bolstering public-private partnerships, and becoming effective advocates.
I'll be updating throughout the day.
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