Hungry For Change: America's Struggle to Eliminate Food Deserts

Register for CNN Dialogues event

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Spelman College, Cosby Auditorium
440 Westview Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310

Some 49 million Americans -- nearly one in six -- are food insecure, which means they lack access to enough food to live healthy, active lifestyles.

The final CNN Dialogues event of 2013 will focus on the issues of food security and food deserts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the nearly 16 million children who spend their days and nights hungry. We will discuss what works, what doesn't and what needs to change to put healthy food in the hands of more Americans.

Tickets are complimentary. Registration is required and available online. You will be asked to present registration confirmation at the door. Seating is limited and based on time of arrival.

Sanjay Gupta

Event Moderator

Sanjay Gupta, CNN and Emory University

Sanjay Gupta is CNN's Emmy Award-winning Chief Medical Correspondent. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN's reporting on health and medical news and also anchors the weekend program Sanjay Gupta, MD. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguish his reporting on a range of topics. Gupta's passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch "Fit Nation," CNN's multi-platform anti-obesity initiative.

In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a faculty member at the Emory University School of Medicine and is Associate Chief of Neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. (Photo: CNN)

Event Panelists

Hugh Acheson
Hugh Acheson, Award-Winning Chef and Cookbook Author

Hugh Acheson, author of the James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook, "A New Turn In the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen," is chef/partner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants Five & Ten and The National as well as the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South. He is a James Beard award winner for Best Chef Southeast and was named a Best Chef by Food & Wine Magazine. Acheson, who competed in Bravo's Top Chef Masters Season 3, hosts the Bravo's online series Battle of the Sous Chefs, and stars as a judge on Top Chef.

Acheson spends much of his free time working with various food access organizations, including Wholesome Wave and ONE. He is passionate about developing a sustainable food system in which locally grown products are available and affordable for all.

Maura Daly
Maura Daly, Feeding America

Maura Daly is the Chief Communication and Development Officer for Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief charity. In this role, Daly oversees the organization's relationships with corporate partners to ensure the vitality of significant revenue streams that support charitable feeding programs for low-income Americans. Through Daly's advocacy, Feeding America has built a community of 80,000 hunger relief advocates, increased the number of children served by 25 percent and released Hunger in America 2010, a comprehensive study of domestic hunger.

Prior to her current role, Daly served as Feeding America's Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy, where she led numerous government and policy-related initiatives, including child and senior hunger programs, food stamp outreach, and federal and state legislative affairs.

K. Rashid Nuri
K. Rashid Nuri, Truly Living Well Center

K. Rashid Nuri founded the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture in Atlanta in 2006 after 40 years of managing agri-businesses in 30 countries. Nuri first started his business by selling home-grown collards out of the back of his van. Today he's leading a staff of 35 people in the production of 35,000 pounds of annual produce for the local community. Nuri is also working with the city government and urban advocacy organizations to expand the global concept of urban agriculture as a conduit for social change.

A Harvard graduate, Nuri has studied soil science at the University of Massachusetts, been involved with organic community gardening in California, organized agricultural cooperatives in eight southern states, preserved thousands of acres of land for black farmers in Georgia, managed farms for Cargill Corporation in Asia and Africa and served as USDA Deputy Administrator during the Clinton Administration.

Monica White
Monica White, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Monica White is an assistant professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a joint appointment at the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology. Her research engages grassroots organizations, particularly minority communities, which are involved in the development of sustainable community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility.

White has received a multi-year, multi-million dollar USDA research grant to study food insecurity in Michigan. She has also been appointed to the Food Justice Task Force sponsored by the Institute for Agricultural Trade Policy. White is currently working on her first book, "Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement, 1880-2010."

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