Conference of Leaders Videos

Watch some video highlights from the 2013 Conference of Leaders. Feel free to share them with colleagues and friends who were unable to attend.


Secretary Tom Vilsack – “An Investment We Can't Afford Not to Make.” Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, shares his thoughts on what he says is the most important aspect of his job and the importance of federal nutrition programs, including SNAP, in our shared commitment to ending childhood hunger.

Josh Wachs – “The March Ahead.” Share Our Strength Chief Strategy Officer Josh Wachs shares an update on the progress of the No Kid Hungry campaign and what's needed in order to end childhood hunger in America.

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema – “A Look At What's Possible.” Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema shares her story of growing up in poverty in Arizona and what it took for her to make the journey from being homeless to becoming a member of the U.S. Congress.

Ruth Riley – “Big Change Through Small Investment.” WNBA player Ruth Riley shares her experience growing up, and explains how important free school lunches, SNAP and WIC were to her ability to succeed as an athlete.

Nikki Johnson-Huston – “The Difference SNAP Can Make.” Nikki Johnson-Huston shares the amazing story of how she left the streets of Detroit as a young girl to become a successful tax lawyer in Philadelphia and how her participation in programs like SNAP helped her achieve these amazing accomplishments.

Panel Discussion - "Connecting The Dots." Connecting families in need with food is critical, but unless parents and caregivers know how to shop for and cook healthy, delicious and affordable meals, we will not be able to have a lasting impact on childhood hunger. This panel examined the effects of education as an anti-hunger strategy from a public health, culinary, corporate, and government perspective. Panelists include Kevin Concannon (Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, United States Department of Agriculture), Dawn Sweeney (President and CEO, National Restaurant Association), Joe Quinn (Senior Director, Issue Management and Strategic Outreach, for Walmart), Marc Murphy (Executive Chef & Restaurateur of Benchmarc Restaurant Group), and Dr. Rhonique Harris, MD (Children's Health Fund). The panel is moderated by Corby Kummer, Senior Editor for The Atlantic magazine.


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