Kentucky Hunger Dialogue

  • September 30, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Northern Kentucky University
Organization: NKU

About this event:

The 5th Annual Kentucky Hunger Dialogue, hosted by FUEL NKU and the Kentucky Campus Compact will take place September 30th, 2022. This exciting event will bring together interdisciplinary collaborations from colleges and universities, anti-hunger advocates, community leaders, intriguing speakers, and food justice activists from across Kentucky. Attendees will network, learn about strategies, and create a vision for a food secure future in their communities. This year’s framing question is: Imagine that every person on campus/in our community has access to healthy food. What would that look like?


**Opening, closing, and one breakout session for each time slot will be available via Zoom for those unable to attend in person.

9:00am – 10:00am Breakfast and Registration
10:00am – 10:30am Keynote Speaker
10:30am – 10:50am Student/Participant Dialogue
11:00am – 11:50am Breakout Sessions
12:00pm – 12:50pm Lunch
1:00pm – 1:50pm Breakout Sessions
2:00pm – 2:50pm Breakout Sessions
3:00pm – 3:50pm Breakout Sessions
4:00pm – 4:30pm Closing


Keynote Speaker

  • Congressional Hunger Center Representative

Confirmed Breakout Sessions

CentreWorks Fusion Team

  • Maddie Jenkins, CentreWorks Coordinator
  • Andrea Margida, Executive Director
  • Anthony Margida, Executive Director

The CentreWorks mission is to build an intentionally inclusive and resilient community. Their major programs, LIFTOFF, FUSION, and PURSUIT aid entrepreneurs in their startup endeavors, form community collaboration groups that address complex issues and barriers in Boyle and surrounding counties, inform community members of positive initiatives and provide opportunities for community members. The first FUSION team is in the process of understanding and addressing food insecurity in Boyle County through empathetic interviews and responsible community engagement.

Homeless Veterans and Food Insecurity

  • Eileen Ward, Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs

Food Recovery

  • Jerome Peaker, Last Mile
  • Merret Collister, La Soupe
  • Kennedy Ruebusch, Master Provisions
  • Nick Bliven, FUEL NKU

College Food Pantries Panel

  • Nick Bliven, FUEL NKU
  • Sarah Young, Food for Thought (Gateway Community & Technical College)
  • Madelynne Banderman, Colonel’s Cupboard EKU

Food Insecurity Facts

  • Jessica Klein, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

FUEL NKU Pantry Site Visit

  • Nick Bliven, FUEL NKU


  • Deadline to register: September 21, 2022
  • Cost to attend:
  • Kentucky Campus Compact Member/IKONC Member: Free
  • Non-Members: $150/group


  • Deadline to register: September 21, 2022
  • Cost to attend:
  • Kentucky Campus Compact Member/IKONC Member: Free
  • Non-Members: $15/person

More information can be found here.

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