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PHOTO: More than 250 people from around the Gem State are expected to attend the Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security on October 28th. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.
PHOTO: More than 250 people from around the Gem State are expected to attend the Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security on October 28th. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.
September 2, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - More than 250 people from around the Gem State are coming together to tackle hunger and food security in Idaho, as they attend the Nourishing Idaho Together conference next month to collaborate on food solutions utilizing public-private partnerships.

One of those due to attend the conference as a featured speaker is Grangeville native Hattie Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe who worked as the first Native American news correspondent for CBS and ABC. Her experience of living in poverty as a young girl is a story she wants to be inspirational, and helpful for designing ways to reduce hunger.

"We can grow from the challenges we face today when you see so many people who, despite having jobs, are still going to the food bank," says Kauffman.

Multi-cultural food security is one of the topics on this year's summit.

Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force director Kathy Gardner says those attending don't just go over the numbers. In past years, attendees have designed action plans to put into place immediately.

"Such was the work we did on the Idaho Grocery Tax Credit," says Gardner, "as well as the organization of the Idaho Farmers Market Association and the only private-sector SNAP education plan in the nation."

She says many state and community leaders will be present, and invitations are extended to any Idaho resident who has experienced hunger. In particular, the 'ground-level view' of the hungry and impoverished in Idaho will be a potential key in developing solutions.

The Nourishing Idaho Together conference gets underway October 28th in Boise.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID