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

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

8:30 a.m. — Registration and Poster Session Opens

9:00 a.m. — Welcome from Lynne Holland, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Harvest for Hunger

9:15 a.m. — Keynote: Justin Strasberger, Executive Director, Full Plates Full Potential

10:15 a.m. — Break

10:30 a.m. — Breakout Sessions

You may choose one of the following topics:

  • Addressing Food Security Through Culturally Designed Meals in School Cafeterias
  • Climate Change, Food Waste, and Food Waste Reduction Efforts
  • Campus Pantries

11:45 a.m. — Lunch

12:15 p.m. — Lunch Keynote – John Jemison, UMaine Extension Professor and author of Planning and Managing a Giving Garden (PDF)

1:00 p.m. — Live Feed of Food Challenge, Hitchner Hall Kitchen

1:15 & 2:15 p.m. — Campus Tour Sessions/Poster Sessions

Space is limited. Registration forms will be emailed to you at a later date.

3:00 p.m. — Food Challenge Judging, Wells Conference Center

3:45 p.m. — Grant Project Workshop: ‘Next steps’ Teams will be guided on how to create a project and apply for a $500 mini-grant (required for those applying for the grant)

4:50 p.m.Adjourn and Change the World!


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

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