Bishop Richard Pates, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice
and Peace, will present the keynote address at the 2014 Iowa Hunger Summit to be held on Tuesday, October 14 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown.

The summit brings together national and international experts and advocates that lead efforts to address issues of global hunger and is hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation as part of a week of events in celebration of the 2014 World Food Prize.

The schedule for this year’s summit reflects the diversity and collaboration that have become a hallmark of the day-long event, which drew over 700 participants in 2013. Two morning sessions will include an exceptional group of panelists sharing their expertise on a number of aspects of the global challenge followed by an afternoon of workshops to provide tools for advocates. Governor Terry Branstad and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, will attend the noon lunch session for the formal proclamation of a day honoring Norman Borlaug and the presentation the Robert D. Ray SHARES Humanitarian Award.

The Iowa Hunger Summit is designed to educate and increase awareness of hunger, poverty and related issues and encourage engagement. It is free event and the public is invited to attend. All participants must register and present their ticket at the door. Participants may register to attend the 2014 Iowa Hunger Summit here.

The public is also invited to join fellow Iowans and advocates at the Catholic Pastoral Center in downtown Des Moines to package meals at the Iowa Hunger Fight event, presented by DuPont Pioneer in cooperation with Meals from the Heartland. The event is scheduled to coincide with the Hunger Summit, and will be held on the same date of Tuesday, October 14.

The week’s events will also include the Interfaith Prayer Service to End World Hunger, organized by the Diocese of Des Moines and held on Wednesday, October 15th, at 7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.