Event will focus on critical social issue in the U.S.
ATLANTA, GA — National nonprofit TechBridge, Inc. announced today that registration has opened for its National Hunger Relief Summit. The event will take place on in Atlanta. As part of the launch of a series of national summits representing TechBridge’s four pillars — hunger relief, homeless support, social justice, and workforce development — this uniquely experiential event will bring together thought leaders from the hunger-relief sector. The summit’s purpose is to facilitate conversations and collaboration, serving the organization’s mission of breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
Inflation has severely impacted hunger in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Food at Home Price Index recently saw the largest increase since , at 10% over the prior 12 months. Rapidly increasing grocery prices are making it difficult to keep up and are driving many food-insecure families to food banks or to explore other forms of support. In addition, many state emergency benefits in place to support individuals through the challenges of the pandemic are ending, adding to the challenges of inflation.
Poverty and hunger are intimately connected, says Karen Cramer, Chief Community Impact Officer at TechBridge.
Even with the United States’ vast access to wealth, far too many families don’t have enough food to eat. Nonprofits have worked valiantly during the pandemic to feed the hungry, but there is much more to be done. Technology has the power to transform the food system — to provide food security and healthy options to all.
TechBridge, a technology nonprofit based in Atlanta, chose to focus its Hunger Relief Summit on interactive, experiential learning opportunities taking place at local food banks, food pantries, urban farms, and food rescue organizations. Opportunities for attendees include a tour of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and a food insecurity simulation, the chance to roll up their sleeves for volunteer experiences at local farms, food rescue organizations, and food pantries, and networking opportunities with fellow attendees. The event aims to convene hunger-relief advocates and food, nutrition, and health industry corporate social responsibility staff, inspiring greater connections, collaboration, and problem-solving.
TechBridge’s nonprofit partners for the inaugural event include Atlanta Community Food Bank, New Life Community Ministries, Meals on Wheels Atlanta, and Food Well Alliance.
During the Summit, TechBridge will also award the very first Dream Big for Hunger Relief Technology Grant, which provides nonprofits working in hunger relief with the resources to optimize their services and address growing food insecurity needs.
This grant is one of the few grant opportunities that focuses on nonprofits getting and using software technologies — as well as IT hours — to help fulfill their missions. After the last two years of what has felt like insurmountable odds for nonprofits, it is needed now more than ever, says Cramer.
The application deadline for the Dream Big for Hunger Relief Technology Grant is . Organizations can learn more at https://techbridge.org/what-we-do/nonprofit-support/dream-big-grant/#current-opportunities
TechBridge’s leadership and focus on hunger relief is demonstrated by nearly two decades of providing supply chain management supporting Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner agencies. Through these efforts, TechBridge contributed technology to hunger relief organizations while gaining a better understanding of the critical need to scale hunger relief operations.
Aiming for a diverse audience of hunger relief advocates and food, nutrition, and health industry professionals to be a part of the conversation, TechBridge encourages interested parties to register to attend by .
TechBridge is a national 501(c)nonprofit organization equipping other nonprofits on the frontline of alleviating the causes of generational poverty with technology. TechBridge supports these nonprofits in expanding the impact of their mission for the millions of men, women, and children seeking support in the areas of hunger relief, homeless support, social justice, and workforce development. Learn more at techbridge.org.