Maine Hunger Dialogue 2023

Maine Hunger Dialogue artworkMaine Hunger Dialogue and Climate Action Summit
Food Security and Food Waste as Factors in the Hunger Equation

Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono, Maine


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This conference is free to attend, and all meals are included. Assistance for travel and accommodations are available for students coming from a great distance (more than 2 hours). Contact Sally Slovensky at the Maine Campus Compact for more information.

Please register by October 6 as space is limited.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with the Maine Campus Compact, and with generous sponsorship by Sodexo, has offered the Maine Hunger Dialogue (MHD) annually since 2014. In 2022, this conference became the Maine Hunger Dialogue and Climate Action Summit recognizing the intersection of food security and climate change.

Students across the state (colleges and upper high school) are invited to participate in this conference featuring speakers, breakout sessions, and the option to apply for a grant around the topics of Hunger and Climate Change. At the conference,  they will:

  • Learn from experts about hunger and climate change.
  • Learn how to apply for grants to support projects that address food security on campus or in their community.
  • Participate in a hunger-related service project.
  • Tour campus locations that are involved in these issues.

Students can attend as individuals but team participation with a faculty mentor is encouraged.  Teams will have the opportunity to participate in a cooking challenge and also get guidance on crafting a grant-funded project for their campus or school.

Sponsorships of Mini-Grants or school teams are still available. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact 207.581.8211;

Last Year, Maine Hunger Dialogue 2022

The University of Maine at Augusta hosted the Maine Hunger Dialogue 2022 on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22.

Sixty five students, faculty, and staff from colleges across Maine came together in person and virtually in 2022 to:

  • Hear Keynote speakers Tony Antoine, Hannah Pingree, and Erica Emery
  • Gain perspectives from Bob Moore Director of the Augusta Food Bank
  • Pack 10,000 shelf-stable meals
  • Participate in Top Chef Dorm style cooking challenge

As a result:

  • Ten $500 mini-grants were funded from the 2022 conference and participants will share results at the 2023 conference in a poster session.
  • 10,000 shelf-stable meals were brought area food banks

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Lynne Holland, 207.581.8200 or

Co-sponsoring institutions: University of Maine Cooperative Extension, University of Maine at Augusta and Maine Campus Compact.

Fiscal sponsors: Sodexo, University Credit Union, and the Maine 4-H Foundation

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).