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Center for Engagement and Community Development

Last Chance to Register for Food Security Engagement Symposium

On Monday, April 4, the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) and the Staley School of Leadership Studies will host A Day of Learning: Food Security Engagement Symposium, to share ideas on addressing food security issues in our communities and around the world.

The issue of access to healthy foods is becoming increasingly critical. A 2012 Kansas Hunger Atlas found that 16.2 percent Riley County, Kansas citizens were food insecure. Additionally, an estimated 15 percent of all Kansans reported that they worried about their family’s ability to purchase enough food.  A 2014 financial stress campus survey found that nearly one in four K-State students did not have enough money to buy groceries on a regular basis. 

The goal of the symposium is to promote innovative thinking and collaborative action to address the challenges of household food security. Faculty, staff, and community partners will give poster presentations and short oral presentations highlighting innovative research, teaching and outreach strategies to address food insecurity. Following the presentations, attendees will engage in guided dialogue about ways to best move forward on the issues of food security. 

The symposium also features keynote presentations from KSU Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason, President and Founder of the L.A. Central Kitchen Robert Egger (lakitchen.org), and Co-Executive Director for Imagining America, Timothy Eatman (imaginingamerica.org). Egger’s topic, “The Power of Food” will include a broad discussion of life and purpose. Eatman’s dialogue on "Publicly Engaged Scholarship: The Power of Imagining" challenges the arts and humanities to become more engaged in their communities.

Registration is $25 for faculty, staff and community attendees. For students, the registration fee is $10.  One half of the registration fee will go toward campus hunger efforts. To register for this event or for more information, please visit ksu.edu/cecd.

We hope you will join us as we work to address household food security on campus, in Manhattan, and throughout Riley County. 

To register click here.