Kids were selected to attend the conference based on a school application process. At this time all schools have been selected and  registration has been finalized.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Arrival/continental breakfast/exhibits

9:30 a.m.
Opening remarks

Patricia Beebe, President and CEO, Food Bank of Delaware
Braeden Mannering, Founder, Brae’s Brown Bags
April Birmingham, Coming Together Conference Chairwoman

Poetry, Hannah Sturgis, POLYTECH High School Senior and 2015 and 2016 Poetry Out Loud Delaware Champion

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Secretary Michael Scuse, Secretary, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Former Undersecretary, United States Department of Agriculture

Ashley Biden, Executive Director, Delaware Center for Justice

Kids track begins (sessions rotate, so each group gets to do each session, descriptions are below)

10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
Restroom break

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Activity One – Rice Bowl/Power of Words

10:46 a.m. – 11:01 a.m.
Activity Two – Healthy Eating Demo

11:02 – 11:17 a.m.
Activity Three – Gardening/Planting

11:18 a.m. – 11:33 a.m.
Activity Four – Letters to legislators

11:34 a.m. – 11:49 a.m.
Activity Five – Money Pit

11:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Confirmed speaker: Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA

12:05 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Lunch and 3B bag packing

12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
Activity Six – Fitness (YMCA)

12:56 p.m. – 1:11 p.m.
Activity Seven – Wasted Food



Activity Descriptions:

  1. Power of Words – Discussion of what a select few inspirational quotes related to hunger mean to the students and what they think the quotes mean, how do they make the students feel. This is meant to help open dialogue about the topic of food insecurity in a way which will make sense. Rice Bowl Lesson – 1 in 5 children suffer from food insecurity. This lesson is a hands-on activity that applies this statistic in a meaningful and impactful for young leaders to understand and discuss the implications. Explaining that there is enough food made in the world to feed all people and asking why not everyone has access to this food and what the students think about this problem.
  2. Healthy eating demo – University of Delaware Cooperative Extension will lead a cooking demonstration for students. Students will learn about the costs associated and why it is important for all people to have access to healthy food.
  3. Gardening – This activity is meant to empower students to learn how to grow their own food. Growing food provides people with nutritional options and is often cheaper than buying the food in the grocery store. This food can be shared with communities as part of a community or school garden. The University of Delaware Master Gardeners will be assisting with this activity.
  4. Postcards/letters/pictures to elected officials – Students will have an opportunity to draw a picture or write a letter to elected officials to share their views and ideas regarding food insecurity, hunger, food waste and recovery or the importance of healthy eating.
  5. Money Pit – In a timed, interactive game designed by Braeden Mannering himself students will team up to dive into a money pit (ball pit) finding index cards with food items on them and then racing back to their table to create a nutritional meal out of their cards for under $1.25. As of 2015 (2011 statistics), the World Bank has estimated that there were just over 1 billion poor people in developing countries who live on $1.25 a day or less.
  6. Fitness – The YMCA Bear-Glasgow will be assisting kids with their Born to Move Youth Fitness Program
  7. Wasted Food: 40 percent of the food in the United States today goes uneaten.  Learn more from Master Food Educators about how food is wasted all along its journey from the farm to food distributors to food retailers (grocery stores, restaurants, food services) to your own kitchen.  Then learn how you can be a Food Waste Warrior by reducing the waste that happens in your home and at your school.