Child Hunger Summit


Presented by All Faiths Food Bank
September 26, 8am-12pm

New Location! Michael’s On East

1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota

If you care about or work with children, you won’t want to miss the 2017 Child Hunger Summit. Join us as we explore the cognitive, emotional and behavioral foundations that have the greatest impact across a lifespan. Topics will include:

  • Kids Count: The educational, social, economic and physical well being of our children
  • Hunger Vital Signs: Are our babies hungry?
  • Food Insecurity: The impact on infant and toddler development
  • The $1.2 Billion Child Health Dividend: The health related costs of child hunger
  • Cultivating Healthy Communities: Innovative partnerships to address child food insecurity




Meet our distinguished speakers:

Keynote Speaker: John T. Cook, PhD, MAEd, Children’s HealthWatch, Dept. of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Cook is a Principal Investigator with Children’s HealthWatch and focuses his research on the effects of hunger, food insecurity, and energy issues on children’s health. He is currently researching the impacts of global climate changes and fossil fuel supplies on the economic viability, food access and affordability of low income families. Dr. Cook serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine.

To learn more about Dr. Cook, click here.


Norín Dollard, PhD, Dept. of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, Florida KIDS COUNT

Dr. Dollard is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida and the Director of Florida KIDS COUNT. She has more than twenty years of behavioral health services research and evaluation experience with a focus on behavioral health needs of children and families in the child welfare, juvenile justice and education systems.

To learn more about Dr. Dollard, click here.


Richard Sheward, MPP, Children’s HealthWatch

Richard Sheward is the Deputy Director of Innovative Partnerships at Children’s HealthWatch where he works in research, policy analysis and advocacy to educate policymakers about children’s health. He leads the Children’s Health Watch Social Vital Signs™ Communities of Practice and manages partnerships with stakeholders to advance Children’s Health Watch’s mission.

To learn more about Richard Sheward, click here.


Douglas Griesenauer, United Way Suncoast

Douglas Griesnauer is the Senior Manager of Data & Outcomes at United Way Suncoast where he tracks and evaluates the United Way programs so low income families receive the support they need. Through his career at United Ways, research labs, and other nonprofits, he has been dedicated to ensuring programs are benefiting the community and residents with best practices in mind.




Please join us for the 2017 Child Hunger Summit

September 26, 8am-12pm
Michael’s on East, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 
Includes breakfast and all session materials

General registration: $25
Student registration: $10



2.5 Contact hours offered for nursing and social work 

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Sarasota Memorial is an approved provider of Continuing Education for the Florida Board of Nursing and the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling under Provider No. 50-1749

For information about sponsoring this event, contact Colleen Reinert at or call 941-702-4420.




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Sarasota has garnered national attention over the 2016 Child Hunger Summit. All Faiths Food Bank is proud to have hosted this leading-edge summit, with nationally recognized speakers and attendees traveling from throughout the state and country. 

Click to view event coverage from the Observer Media Group. Click here to see the photo gallery.

The startling costs of child hunger and its impact on health, education, workforce readiness and the community, were presented by nationally recognized authorities, who shared experience and insight with professionals from education, medicine, public health, public administration, human services and philanthropy. The 2016 Child Hunger Summit offered participants the chance to spend four hours learning about the lasting impacts of child hunger from four nationally recognized experts. The keynote speaker was Florida Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip, and she was joined by a remarkable panel for informative presentations and conversation.

Click on the links below for a PDF of the presentations and food assistance resource guide.

Presentation by Dr. Celeste Philip, MPH, Florida Surgeon General
Presentation by Dr. Sandra Hassink, MS, FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics, Immediate Past President
Presentation by Jessica Donze Black, RD, MPH, Pew Charitable Trusts
Presentation by Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, Author and Child Nutrition Expert

Food Assistance Resource Guide PDF


Special thanks to:

Feeding America chairman Keith Monda and child advocate Linda Monda, honorary chairs of the 2016 Child Hunger Summit, for their dedication to the cause of child hunger.

Our honorary committee and planning committee. Their work and diligence made the 2016 Child Hunger Summit the success it was.

Event supporters and sponsors.

We are grateful to the more than 350 people who attended the 2016 Child Hunger Summit at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium for their passion and commitment to ending child hunger in our community.
If you have comments you would like to share about the 2016 Child Hunger Summit, or recommendations for future summits, please contact Jenna Jones at


Hunger Summit Honorary Committee Chairs:

Feeding America Board Chair Keith Monda and child advocate Linda Monda


Meet our distinguished speakers:

Celest Philip FL Surgeon Gen

Keynote Speaker

Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, Florida Surgeon General 

Dr. Philip has served as Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services. She is board certified in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and serves on the Health Initiatives Committee Advisory Group to the Florida Board of Governors. Dr. Philip also held executive positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Heart Association’s six-state Greater Southeast Affiliate.

To learn more about Dr. Philip, click here.


Sandra Hassink


Sandra Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics, Immediate Past President  

Dr. Hassink is recognized internationally as an expert in child obesity prevention. She is a pediatrician at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children where she founded and directs the weight management program of the Nemours Pediatric Obesity Initiative. She has held several leadership roles with The American Academy of Pediatrics.

To learn more about Dr. Hassink, click here.


Jessica Donze Black


Jessica Donze Black, RD, MPH, Pew Charitable Trusts, Kids Safe and Healthful Foods Project

Jessica Black has served as the National Director of the Healthy Schools Program for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. In her work there, she led teams in 37 states make healthy and sustainable changes in their environments, policies, and practices.

To learn more about Dr. Black, click here.


Dayle Hayes


Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, Author and Child Nutrition Expert

Dayle Hayes is an award-winning author, educator and speaker. She has served on the American Dietetic Association Board of Directors chairing the Public Initiative Team and Technology Task Force. She won an Outstanding Community Health Promotion Program Award from CDC and is a past president of the Montana Dietetic Association.

To learn more about Dayle Hayes, click here.


2015 Summer Impact Report PDF.
TomTryon, Sandra Frank, and Robin Safley

All Faiths Food Bank presents Hunger Summit 2015
The Faces of Hunger: Causes, Consequences and Solutions

Business and local leaders, agency partners and social service representatives attended our Hunger Summit on September 30 because they want to be a part of the solution to hunger in our community. Moderator Tom Tryon, of the Sarasota Herald Tribune started the conversations with, “Sarasota isn’t paradise if you’re hungry.”

Guest speaker and expert in the field of hunger relief Robin Safley, JD, Director, Food Nutrition & Wellness, Florida Department of Agriculture, lead the discussion relating to the consequences and solutions, and the long-term impact that hunger has on our residents.

Lars Gilberts, Statewide ALICE Director of the United Way provided an in-depth look at the local Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE) report and the determination of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that deemed Sarasota County as one of eight “hot spots” priority areas for intervention. Due to the service and seasonal economic environment in this area, more than 30% of Sarasota County residents are one crisis away from poverty, and often make desperate choices to make ends meet.  Click here for a PDF of the local ALICE Report.

In closing, Sandra Frank, our CEO said, “Thank you to the champions in this room. The takeaway here today is that those who are hungry are us, the employed, the neighbor down the street, and our co-workers. But together, we can lead the community to end hunger.”

Together with our partners, we provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community.

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Together with our partners, we provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community.