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By Evelyn C. Castillo December 19, 2012

The 2012 NO MAS HAMBRE Summit took place on December 7, 2012, in Washington D.C.  Presented by LATINO Magazine, the Summit addressed the issue of hunger in the Latino community.

According to one panelist,  it was a good thing that the Summit took place before the end of the Mayan calendar.

“The Mayan calendar isn’t predicting the end of the world, but instead the fiscal cliff and the end of tax credits,” said Maritza Kelley, Senior Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs for First Focus Campaign for Children. “The budgetary discussions going on right now are really going to make a huge impact.”

The issue was just one of many that came up during the conversation with the audience of Latino community leaders, hunger relief experts, government officials, corporate executives and concerned citizens that attended the second annual Summit.

To kick things off, Maxine B. Baker, Senior Vice President of Impact Areas at the AARP Foundation, delivered opening remarks. Baker pointed out that there are over 9 million people in the U.S. over 50 years old that struggle with hunger.

“No American should be going to bed hungry,” Baker said.  The Drive to End Hunger Campaign with NASCAR, which raises awareness of adult hunger, is just one of the ways AARP is tackling the issue.

The first panel explored the challenges to reducing food insecurity and was moderated by Maggie Biscarr, Program Manager with the AARP Foundation’s Hunger Impact Area. The panelists included Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs at FRAC; Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the Hispanic Council on Aging; and Shannon Huneke, Director of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships for UnitedHealthcare.

“As we travel the country, taking the pulse of Hispanic older adults, one of the things we heard over and over again this past year was about the challenges with nutrition,” Cruz said.  Among older Hispanics, the lack of proper nutrition can have more dire consequences, since many are dealing with chronic illnesses such as diabetes.

Duke Storen, Chief of Staff for the Special Nutrition Programs at USDA, moderated the second panel, called, “On the Table: Childhood Nutrition and Food Insecurity.” The panelists included Rita Jaramillo, Chair of the National Latino Children’s Institute; Maritza Kelley; and Lourdes Diaz, Vice President of Diversity Relations at Sodexo USA.

The role of faith-based organizations was discussed during the third panel, which was moderated by Roxana Barillas, Deputy Director of the US Department of Agriculture’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  Rounding out the panel were Carlos Duran, Washington DC Chapter Director and a board member for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Lily Echeverria, Family Support Worker with the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities; and JK Granberg from the Alliance to End Hunger.

Following the third panel and a short lunch break, Janet Murguia, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), delivered the keynote address. She has been selected twice as one of Washingtonian magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington” and featured in Newsweek magazine’s “Women and Leadership” issue.

The concluding panel, “Finding Solutions: Case studies in Fighting Hunger,” was moderated by Dalia Almanza-Smith from LATINO Magazine. It featured Bill Ruby, Vice President Field Marketing for Denny’s; Courtney Smith, Director of Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices; and Kate Houston, Director of Government Relations & Policy for Cargill, Inc.

The Summit ended with a film presented by Rocky Egusquiza, AARP, and Nely Calzada, Telemundo, that paid tribute to the Lideres de Esperanza, outstanding individuals selected by AARP and Telemundo in Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

The 2012 NO MAS HAMBRE Summit will be covered in the upcoming Spring 2013 issue of LATINO Magazine.  Many thanks to the AARP Foundation, Servicemaster, Kraft, the Aetna Foundation, UnitedHealthcare, Telemundo and others for their support.

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