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Planning Documents

2019 Summit

Our statewide summit,  Celebrating 10 and Digging In was held Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in Bismarck.
We celebrated 10 years of being connected in coalition and began to dig into how together we can reduce food insecurity rates, explored demographic and economic changes that impact our most vulnerable populations of children and older Dakotans, and learned of food sovereignty efforts.
Speaker Line-Up
Happy 10-Year Birthday to the Hunger Free ND Garden Project, North Dakota Department of Agriculture


10-year Retrospective of coalition and food insecurity in North Dakota Karen K. Ehrens, RD, LRD, Coalition Coordinator
Are we there yet? Ending Hunger in North Dakota Melissa Sobolik, President, Great Plains Food Bank

North Dakota’s Youngest – Insecurity Amidst Strength  Karen Olson, North Dakota KIDS COUNT, Center for Social Research, NDSU
North Dakota’s Older Population Jane Strommen, PhD, Extension Gerontology Specialist; Link to further information:
          Circles of Aging Project Report

North Dakota’s Rural Landscape – Changes in Grocery Availability
          Link to further information at external website, "North Dakota Living" Losing Rural Groceries, Losing Food Access
Food Security and Food Sovereignty Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation, link to further information at external website,
          "Native Business Magazine" MHA Nation: A Vision for Economic Sovereignty


Each month, coalition members meet via phone call to get the most recent federal updates, learn from each other about growing, sharing and helping people access food, and opportunities for working better together. Generally held on the secod Friday of each month. Contact our coordinator for more information.


The Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition facilitated the Creating Hunger Free Communities Summit September 17-18, 2015 in Bismarck at the Bismarck Event Center.

This event brought together people working to make a hunger-free state. Many attending pledged to take action after the Summit back in their communities and homes. Read all about it!

Attendees shared their ideas and visions alongside speakers from national organizations and North Dakota’s own food and hunger experts, who shared ideas and success stories.

Read the complete agenda.

Speakers have made their presentations available for review and learning.






  • Challenging Myths About Hunger and Poverty, Micheal Carbonne, North Dakota Coalition for the Homeless, Bismarck; Mark Heinert, YouthWorks, Bismarck; facilitated by Rose Stoller, North Dakota Economic Security and Prosperity Alliance (NDESPA)