Georgia Senior Hunger Summit

senior hunger summit

The 2016 Georgia Senior Hunger Summit served as the first step to stamping out senior hunger in Georgia. Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services, the Summit kick-started conversations to develop a comprehensive plan to address senior hunger.

The state’s first-ever Senior Hunger Summit, held on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, brought together a diverse group of experts and policymakers to heighten awareness of senior hunger in Georgia and to unearth issues accompanying the problem. 

Return to this page for updates on the development of Georgia's first plan to address senior hunger and for information on the 2017 Summit.
Work groups for Senior Hunger Summit
Work groups will be meeting to continue the discussion on the five final workshop topics covered at the 2016 Senior Hunger Summit to continue work on the first-ever state plan to fight senior hunger.

  1. Food waste and recovery
  2. Today’s seniors: What they want and what they need
  3. Health impact of senior hunger
  4. Options to meet communities’ needs
  5. Food access

These meetings will start with the group members from the summit; however, all interested parties and stakeholders are welcome to join.

Senior hunger is a community issue and we want to hear from your community!

An initial WebEx call will be organized in January, followed by regional teleconference meetings to touch base with our partners around the state. Continue to check back here for more updates.


Barriers to food access (Allison Bernal, RDN,LND)

Campus Kitchen at UGA: Perspectives on food recovery

Food Access: Creative transportation (Kenn Vanhoose) 

Food insecurity in older Georgians (Jung Sun Lee, PhD, RD)

Food Waste: Impact and options (Julie Shipkoski, MS, RDN, LD, Catherine Ouellette, MS, RDN, LD and Chef Justin Wills)

Georgia Food Industry Association (Kathy Kuzava)

Inviting all seniors (Linda Coleman-Wright)

Nielson senior hunger summit presentation (Justin LaPorte)

Nudging Georgians towards healthier food choices while supporting local economies (Rachel Kane)

Partnering with food banks to address senior hunger (Sarah Jackson and Tracina Green)