Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of

food to a hungry neighbor


​​​​​​​Feeding the hungry since 1979. Helping food pantries provide groceries for 3.9 million meals annually.

2019 Food Summit Workshops

Session 3

3:00 PM to 3:50 PM

Session 2

2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

Workshop 2-A
Title: Getting Children the Food They Need

Facilitator: Betsy Dickson, Director of Children’s Programs, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Panel Presenters: 
Tracie Killar, Director, South End Children’s Café
Jimmy Bulmer, Director of Development, Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area
Michaelle Mugisha, Community Impact Manager, United Way of the Greater Capital Region

Krista Hesdorfer, Child Nutrition Program Specialist, Hunger Solutions New York

Catherine Roy, Counselor, Ballston Spa High School
Workshop Description:
A panel discussion highlighting models of youth programming designed to combat child food insecurity. 

Workshop 2-B
Title: Innovations in Food Security

Facilitator: Dr. Sonya Hauser, Associate Professor of Nutrition Science, Sage Colleges School of Science and Health
Panel Presenters:

Kathy Lanni, Chief Community Officer, SEFCU

Dr. J Rosati, Chief Programs Officer, Long Island Cares
Marybeth Mitchum, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County

Workshop Description:
Pioneering and proven practices in food security models, including self-sufficiency, economic development, social entrepreneurship, and traditional programs.

Workshop 2-C
Title: Food Systems

Facilitator: Dr. Janine Jurkowski, SUNY Albany School of Public Health
Panel Presenters:
Dr. April Roggio, Managing Director, Sayre Policy Research and UAlbany CAUSE

Ruth Kassel, Associate Director for Academic and Community Engagement, Siena College

Workshop Description:
Looking at food systems from a neighborhood, regional and statewide perspective.

Workshop 2-D
Title: Redistributing Wasted Food in Your Community

Carrie Jones Ross, Food Security Development Manager, Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation

Kristine Ellsworth, Environmental Engineer, NYS DEC

Workshop Description:
40% of food in the United States is never eaten while 2.5 million New Yorkers are food insecure. Hear how New York State is tackling wasted food and the nuts and bolts to starting your own food rescue organization with or without the aid of technology to get surplus food connected to those who need it most.

Session 1 

1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

Workshop 1-A
Title: Food and Health Connection

Island Harvest Food Bank 

Workshop Description:
A discussion with Island Harvest Food Bank of Long Island regarding understanding the Social Determinants of Health and Working with Health Systems.

Workshop 1-B
Title: ALICE: Self-Sufficiency Standards


United Way of the Greater Capital Region 

Workshop Description: 
An update on ALICE data (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) here in the Capital Region

Workshop 1-C
Title: The Benefits of Healthy Food Pantries


Dr. Eileen Fitzpatrick, Chair, Nutrition Science, The School of Health Sciences, The Sage Colleges

Workshop Description: 
Nutrition impacts on socioeconomic disparities and how pantries can help.

Workshop 1-D
Title: Hunger Efforts and Initiatives – Statewide

Facilitator: Susan Zimet, Special Assistant to Governor, Food and Anti-Hunger Policy Coordinator
Panel Presenters:
Linda Bopp, Hunger Solutions
LeeAnn Mandrillo, Hunger Action Network
Dan Egan, Feeding New York State 

Workshop Description:
Statewide leaders share information regarding hunger relief efforts

Workshop 1-E
Title: Transformative Technology in Hunger Relief Efforts

Facilitator: Donna Canestraro, Adjunct Professor, Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany
Panel Presenters:
Rev. Phil Grisby, Executive Director, SICM
Natalie Prehoda, Public Health Education Coordinator, Schenectady County Public Health Services

Peter Crasto-Donnelly, Oasis Insight, Program Coordinator, The Food Pantries for the Capital District

Workshop Description:
A panel discussion regarding collaborative efforts utilizing technology allowing emergency food providers and stakeholders to better meet community needs.

Workshop 3-A
Title: Programs Designed with Health in Mind

Facilitator: Dr. Eileen Fitzpatrick, Chair, Nutrition Science, Sage Colleges School of Health Sciences
Panel Presenters: 
Jessica Peck, Community Nutrition Educator, Alliance for Positive Health

Lauren Stairs, Public Health Education Coordinator, Schenectady County Public Health Services

​Alex Carlewicz, Community Nutrition Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady

Michelle Abelle, Associate Executive Director, Catholic Charities-Tri-County Services

Louise O'Leary, Director of Case Management and Program Services, Bethesda House of Schenectady
Workshop Description:
A panel discussion centered on how food insecurity and nutrition impact health and what local organizations are doing to help.

Workshop 3-B
Title: Food as a Human Right


Angela Warner, Director, St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry 

LeeAnn Mandrillo, Interim Executive Director, Hunger Action Network
Workshop Description:
A world without hunger is possible.  How charity and social justice co-exist.

Workshop 3-C
Title: Making the Most of Community

Facilitator: Dr. Ruth Kassel, Associate Director for Academic and Community Engagement, Siena College
Panel Presenters:
Mark Emanation, Director, Capital District Area Labor Federation

Carol Lefleur, Executive Director, Community Care Givers
Megan Quillian, Executive Director, Mechanicville Area Community Service Center  

Workshop Description:
Collaborative partners, resources and capacity building to meet community needs.

Workshop 3-D
Title: Produce Recovery and Redistribution


Marissa Peck, Food Assessment Coordinator, Capital Roots
Dr. Beth Finegold, Assistant Professor, University Albany School of Public Health 

Workshop Description:
Program resources and community research in produce recovery and redistribution in the Greater Capital Region.

Workshop 3-E
Title: How to Use Data to Share Your Story


Donna Canestraro, Adjunct Professor, The Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany

Workshop Description:
From data visualization to performance measures, how data can help you demonstrate your programs’ impact.