Maine Hunger Dialogue

The 2020 Maine Hunger Dialogue Webinar

The Maine Hunger Dialogue webinar was live-streamed Oct. 23, 2020, with results of a Maine college student food and housing insecurity research analysis; presentations about best practices for campuses addressing student food insecurity during Covid-19 and beyond; food preservation practices; a photo collage on the importance of food for community/cultural/social survival; and the availability of $500 grants, focused on campus food insecurity, eligible to Maine college students and staff who participated in the webinar.

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two masked students outside the Black Bear Exchange with food bags

Students and staff from colleges across Maine joined via Zoom to:

  • Explore best practices for campuses to address student food insecurity and responses during Covid-19
  • Learn the results of a state-wide Maine college student food and housing insecurity survey
  • Learn of food preservation resources and techniques
  • Apply for $500 Food Insecurity Mini-Grants to build action-oriented programs on your campus

Results of a Maine college student food and housing insecurity research analysis was the primary focus of a live-streamed Maine Hunger Dialogue webinar on October 23, 2020, from 10:00 – Noon. In addition, speakers addressed best practices for campuses addressing student food insecurity during Covid-19 and beyond; food preservation practices; a photo collage on the importance of food for community/cultural/social survival; and the announcement of a $500 Grants focused on campus food insecurity eligible to Maine college students and staff, who participate in the webinar. 

The first Maine Hunger Dialogue was held at the University of Maine in Orono in 2014. Since then more than 400 Maine college students, faculty, and staff have come together to learn about food insecurity in Maine and across the country and global community. Through generous sponsorship of our grant program, we have funded 51 $500 grants to help students address action-oriented programs and projects back on their home campuses. In 2019 Maine hosted the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit attended by over 500 students, faculty, and staff from throughout the world. This year we were back in a webinar format, and we focused on the important issue of Maine college student food and housing insecurity and how it impacts a student’s ability to succeed and stay in school. 

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Sponsors: University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Campus Compact, Husson University, University of Maine System, and University of Maine, Presque Isle

Corporate sponsor: Sodexo