Closing the Hunger Gap 2019

We encourage a participatory and interactive approach to workshop sessions and appreciate limiting the use of PowerPoint presentations. As you design your session, consider the following:

● This conference’s focus is on roots, justice, and resiliency. We will prioritize sessions that discuss root causes of hunger, cultural heritage, racial and economic inequalities, or systems change in the context of climate disasters in their proposal content, and actively work to amplify marginalized voices.

● We encourage workshop organizers to include a diverse group of workshop leaders, such as emerging leaders, youth, project participants, and community members, especially communities of color.

● We encourage creative and interactive sessions that provide opportunities for significant audience participation, such as structured group activities, mapping, small group discussions, “think, pair, and share,” and dialogue circles.

● “How to” sessions are desirable, especially ones that help attendees understand how an innovative project was implemented, how challenges were resolved, and that allow time for attendees to discuss how they might adapt or replicate the program. Sessions that provide templates, worksheets, or other tangible takeaways are highly encouraged.

● We urge presenters to connect with colleagues from other organizations or communities to create a more comprehensive, collaborative workshop. The conference organizers may group two proposals on similar themes together and offer the presenters the opportunity to resubmit a combined proposal.

● We encourage participation from those with lived experiences of poverty and hunger. We will be offering scholarships to offset costs and encourage grassroots leaders to participate.

● The breakout sessions are expected be 1 to 1.5 hour long. The session length for your proposal will be confirmed upon acceptance notification.

Proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria:

● Will the presentation deliver tangible learning takeaways to participants?
● Are there ample opportunities for discussion and interactivity among participants?
● Is the presenter or presenters knowledgeable in the topic area?
● Does the workshop address the conference themes in a significant way? How does it amplify marginalized voices?
● Does the workshop represent a diverse experience, point of view, or somehow draw on the perspectives of communities not represented in other workshops?
● Does the content address the root causes of hunger and poverty and cover new and challenging ground about inequality in the systems and institutions that perpetuate food insecurity and the need for emergency food?
● Does the content address the intersection of hunger with other issues such as racial disparities, health, labor and climate change?
● Does the presenter avoid self-promotion or selling of products?


CTHG will cover registration fees for all presenters. Presenters and facilitators may also apply for scholarship funds to cover the costs of travel and lodging. All presenters must register for the conference. One of CTHG’s goals is to support those whose voices aren’t usually heard, including people with lived experiences of poverty and those working for grassroots organizations. Scholarship information will be available soon to help cover costs for participants.


RFP Process Opens Friday, April 5, 2019
Proposal deadline Friday, May 3, 2019
Notification of acceptance Friday, June 7, 2019
Date of presentation September 4 & 5, 2019

Submit proposals online by May 3, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact Dara Bloom at

For more information, please visit Closing the Hunger Gap website at

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