International Anti-Hunger Summit Coming to Tampa in October

Tampa, FL, September 19, 2019 --( In the United States, 42 million people struggle to put food on the table every year, including 13 million children and 5.7 million seniors. This October, anti-hunger organizations, advocates, and volunteers are coming together for the 2019 Sunshine Summit to End Hunger, a two-day summit, on Thursday, October 24, and Friday, October 25 at the Center for Nutrition and Culinary Services (9036 Brittany Way, Ste. 300, Tampa, FL 33619) in Tampa, FL, aimed at changing that reality.

The 2019 Sunshine Summit to End Hunger is presented by the area’s Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, in partnership with Bread for the World and Florida Impact to End Hunger. This high-impact event, which is free to register, focuses attention and expertise on a local and national problem that is the lived experience of families across our communities.

The summit will provide a forum for the anti-hunger community to learn, share, and network. In panel discussions and lectures from keynote speakers, presenters will discuss collaboration and advocacy techniques, identifying and maximizing resources and implementing best practices in day-to-day anti-hunger work. Panel topics include childhood and senior hunger, healthy food access, and food waste and recovery.

The 2019 SSEH will welcome Feeding India’s Founder, Ankit Kawatra, and Co-founder, Srishti Jain, as keynote speakers. Ankit, who started Feeding India, a not-for-profit organization after quitting his corporate job in 2014, is helping end hunger and poverty in India in a unique way. Through over 8,000 volunteers across 60 cities, Feeding India collects excess "unused" food from parties, restaurants and social events and donates it to the needy. Since then, Feeding India has served over 25 million meals through their many missions such as food recovery efforts, education, youth empowerment, nutrition, environmental preservation, as well as peace and love. Ankit is one of the 17 young world leaders selected by the United Nations as part of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Co-founder Srishti Jain, who holds a bachelor's degree in business studies from Delhi University, joined his mission and helped grow the team from two people to the national movement it is now. Together, they are changing the way India deals with wasted food.

Opening session keynote presentations will also include Jeremy Everett, Executive Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, who will provide a state level perspective of food insecurity. Later in the day, John Miller, CEO and President of Denny’s Restaurant Group, will offer his perspective of how a national corporation is addressing hunger. Day 2 will feature Craig Gundersen, Professor and Director of Undergrad Studies at the University of Illinois, who will share his research and program developments addressing food insecurity.

“We’re excited to be working with Bread for the World and Florida Impact to promote not only an end to hunger, but to food insecurity and food insufficiency for a healthy lifestyle,” said Caitlyn Peacock, Executive Director for the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. “The network works to build a hunger-free community with access to nutritious food for all. This summit will engage people from every corner of communities in our sunshine state to increase awareness, promote health and create a lasting, positive impact.”

The 2019 Sunshine Summit to End Hunger is seeking sponsors and accepting registration. Registration is free for individuals, though a donation of $20 is suggested. Registration, including donations, and sponsorship opportunities are available online at

About Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger:
Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is committed to ending hunger in Tampa Bay by bringing people together to find solutions that eliminate barriers, increase access and knowledge, and expand the amount of nutritious food available. TBNEH has over 350 members and serves a tri-county area, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. TBNEH is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency and relies on its community for support.
Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger
Lauren Vance