7:30 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 am Welcome

Suzanne Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, College of Charleston

8:40 – 8:50 am Opening Remarks

Andrew Hsu, President, College of Charleston

8:50 – 9:00 am Overview

Randy Russell, President of The Russell Group and Former Chairman of the Board, World Food Program USA

9:00 – 9:45 am State of Global Hunger

In 2022 alone, 349 million people faced severe forms of hunger and 49 million people in 49 countries were on the brink of famine. Barron Segar will share about the unprecedented hunger resulting from conflict, climate shocks and economic pressures and what the World Food Programme is doing to alleviate food insecurity.

Introduction: Max Kovalov, Instructor of International Studies, and Bennett Director of the Mroz Global Leadership Institute, College of Charleston 

Barron Segar, President and CEO of World Food Program USA 

9:45 – 10:30 am Panel I: Global Hunger

The world produces enough food to feed everyone on the planet, but nearly 1/3 of all food produced globally each year is lost or wasted. Dan Glickman will discuss supply chain issues and the challenges food insecurity presents. 

Moderator: Hollis France

Dan Glickman, Former US Secretary of Agriculture

Rebecca Middleton, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, World Food Program USA

Hollis France, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Political Science, College of Charleston

10:30 – 10:45 am Break

Snacks, coffee, and beverages available

10:45 – 11:30 am Panel II: Hunger in our Backyard

In South Carolina, one in 10 people face hunger. In the Lowcountry alone, the food insecurity rate is at 11%. Nick Osborne will give an overview of the state of food insecurity in South Carolina and what the Lowcountry Food Bank is doing to decrease food insecurity in coastal South Carolina by 25% by 2025. Shannon Maynard will share how the Congressional Hunger Center is taking a grassroots approach to ending hunger by training more than 1,000 new leaders in the movement.  

Moderator: Lauren Ravalico

Nick Osborne, President and CEO, Lowcountry Food Bank

Shannon Maynard, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center

Lauren Ravalico, Associate Professor of French and Associate Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, College of Charleston

11:30 – 12:30 pm Closing Speaker

Gresham Barrett, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at World Food Program