1995-1996 indexDistributed April 18, 1996
Ninth Annual Hunger Briefing and Exchange
USDA official will discuss federal nutrition-related policies and programs
Mary Ann Keeffe, deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will address the opening session of the Ninth Annual Hunger Research Briefing and Exchange on Wednesday, April 24. She then will participate in a panel discussion on "Blocking Hunger in the United States: Government Programs at Risk." Both are free and open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Mary Ann Keeffe of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will discuss the latest developments in federal nutrition-related policies and programs and their implications for alleviating hunger when the Ninth Annual Hunger Research Briefing and Exchange, titled "Alliances Against Hunger: Building Partnerships for Development," opens Wednesday, April 24, at Brown University.
Her speech will lead into a panel discussion, "Blocking Hunger in the United States: Government Programs at Risk." The session, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in room 001 of the Salomon Center for Teaching.
Keeffe is the USDA's deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. She will be joined by two others on the panel: Sister Christine Vladimiroff, president of Second Harvest; and Dr. Cutberto Garza, a nutritionist at Cornell University.
Mary Ann Keeffe was appointed deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 25, 1996. She is responsible for policy and program development for the food and consumer service's 15 food assistance programs. She also oversees Team Nutrition, USDA's nationwide program designed to help schools provide healthful meals and to educate children about good nutrition.
Keeffe previously was deputy administrator for special nutrition programs at USDA. She oversaw child nutrition programs, including the school breakfast and lunch programs; the Special Supplemental Food Programs for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); the Commodity Distribution Programs; and nutritional education and technical services activities.
Each year, the Hunger Briefing and Exchange, sponsored by the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Program at Brown University, draws approximately 150 leading hunger researchers, policy makers and field practitioners from around the world. The topic for this year's gathering is "Alliances Against Hunger: Building Partnerships for Development." Eight sessions held over the course of the three-day briefing and exchange will explore ways that people, governments and organizations can develop more effective partnerships to combat hunger.
The Hunger Briefing and Exchange is held in conjunction with the 10th annual Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Awards.
The 10th annual World Hunger Awards honor Gram Vikas, which works in India's poorest villages; José Elías Sánchez, who works with farmers in Central America; and Dr. Cutberto Garza, a nutritionist at Cornell University. The awards ceremony, which is free and open to the public, is Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m., in the Salomon Center for Teaching. The honorary chairman and keynote speaker for the awards ceremony is Dr. Bob Arnot, health correspondent for CBS News.
The Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Program was established at Brown University in 1985 to address the long-term persistence of hunger in the world through research, the development of unique resources, and through public recognition. It is named for its founder, a Cranston, R.I., philanthropist.######