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Summit to end childhood hunger set for Sept. 23-24 at MSU

July 19, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Registration is now open for a statewide summit on childhood hunger, set for Sept. 23-24 at Montana State University.

“Build a Stronger Montana: End Childhood Hunger Statewide Summit” will highlight the experiences of hungry children in Montana, showcase best practices for helping hungry children and demonstrate pathways to ending child hunger in the community. It will also promote community groups, provide networking opportunities and show the connection between hunger and children’s health and their futures.

One in five Montana children struggle with hunger, and research shows that the absence of childhood hunger is linked to children’s success in the classroom, overall health and well-being, family stability, and self-sufficiency in the future, according to event organizers.

Early-bird registration is available until Aug. 14; cost is $60 for an individual or $30 for a student. For groups of three or more, a community rate is available for $55 per person. After Aug. 14, registration costs increase by $10.

Event sponsors include the MSU Office of the President, Bozeman Community Food Co-Op, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, First Interstate Bank Foundation, Hunter Family Foundation, Montana Dietetic Association, Montana Food Bank Network, Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, Montana Office of Public Instruction, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, No Kid Hungry Montana/Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services, Sysco, Washington Foundation, and Western Dairy Association.

For more information or to register for the summit, visit www.montana.edu/cs/conferences/endchildhunger. More information is also available by contacting Katie Bark at (406) 994-5641 or kbark@mt.gov or Carmen Byker at (406) 994-1952 or carmen.byker@montana.edu

Contact: Carmen Byker, (406) 994-1952 or carmen.byker@montana.edu