Concho Valley - The fourth annual West Texas Hunger Summit will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Education Service Center, located at 612 S. Irene St. (at the corner of Irene and Rio Concho Dr.) One of the key principles determined by the Aspen Institute in their "Advancing Health Through Food Security" study points out that food insecurity should be recognized as a national health issue. It is a driver of poor health, which in turn drives healthcare costs. Many of these costs could be substantially reduced through access to adequate and appropriate healthy foods.
Our speakers will be looking at the various ways that hunger impacts our health. Jeremy Everett, Senior Director, Texas Hunger Initiative, served on the Congressionally appointed National Commission on Hunger and will be sharing the recommendations from that study. Dr. Debra Reed, Nutrition Professor at Texas Tech University, will be talking about the health consequences of food insecurity in children and adults. Our lunch speaker will be Elia Moreno, Community Engagement Manager for Cal Farley's Community Engagement Center and author of Living Intentionally will share the 9 principles of engaging, connecting, communicating, and impacting people living in poverty.