Please join us as we celebrate our common heritage of humanitarian action at the 2012 Iowa Hunger Summit, the kick-off to our annual World Food Prize events. The sixth annual Iowa Hunger Summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. This year's events will focus on the role of collaboration and coalitions in combatting hunger, with a special emphasis on hunger among senior citizens.
The goal of Hope for the Hungry is to alleviate childhood hunger in the Greater Des Moines area by 2015. This symposium will seek creative solutions toward accomplishing this goal. Here is the day's outline:
The Iowa International Center is sponsoring a showing of Harvest of Grief, a film highlighting the plight of Indian farmers driven to suicide by globalization. This program is free and open to the public.
The hour-long documentary examines a wave of suicides among farmers, mostly in the Punjab region of India. Once considered the country’s prosperous breadbasket, the region has seen, by some accounts, as many as 40,000 suicides over the past 20 years.
Support AFSC’s work providing humanitarian service and building peace in Somalia and the surrounding region. The Horn of Africa has the most severe food crisis in the world today. The combination of drought, conflict, and skyrocketing food prices has created the most acute humanitarian crisis for Somalis in the past decade.
In our March issue, Street Spirit features Carol Harvey on "People's Power and the Struggle Against Poverty," linking civil resistance in Middle Eastern countries with progressive demonstrations in the US Midwest. ALSO: Judy Lightfoot, Lynda Carson, Arnie Alpert, Aura Kanegeis. Paul Bodin of Western Regional Advocacy Project, on the obsolescence and loss of public housing nationwide. Lydia Gans and Buford Buntin on "food insecurity" in the SF Bay area. Labor historian David Bacon on firings and deportations from burrito chain Chipotle.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.