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City partners with local United Nations chapter for food aid symposium

Event is a pre-conference session at International Food Aid Conference

The City of Kansas City, Mo., International Affairs and Trade Office, a division of the City Manager’s Office, is partnering with the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the United Nations Association to host the Kansas City Food Aid Symposium as a pre-conference session at the 11th annual International Food Aid Conference.

The pre-conference session will be from 4:30-6 p.m. on April 6 in the Century Ballroom C at the Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 E. Pershing Road. The International Food Aid Conference, which is sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, runs from April 6-8 at the Westin Crown Center.

"The International Affairs and Trade Office and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City created the symposium four years ago as a way to introduce and engage the Kansas City community to global food aid programs,” said Jody Edgerton of the International Affairs and Trade Office. “Each year attendance has doubled showing Kansas City's concern for world hunger and interest in supporting the cause."

City Councilman Bill Skaggs, 1st District, will open the fourth Kansas City Food Aid Symposium, and will be joined by five experts.

- Jeff Burns, director, Food for Peace, USAID. Burns will focus direction for U.S. and world food and developmental assistance.
- Max Finberg, director, Alliance to End Hunger. Finberg will discuss the U.S. response to the food aid crisis.
- Allan Jury, director of U.S. Relations, United Nation World Food Programme. Jury will present an overview of the world food crisis one year on as well as innovative approaches to providing food assistance.
- Ambassador Tony Hall, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Rome organizations, and a former U.S. Congressman.
- Kevin Anderson, senior public policy association, Friends of the World Food Program. Anderson will talk about the Roadmap to End Global Hunger campaign, an initiative spearheaded by a diverse coalition of international relief and development organizations.

More than 700 participants from 30 countries are expected to gather for the conference. Conference topics include food security and access, agricultural development, public-private partnerships and commodity and energy supply.

“Kansas City remains the heart of the U.S. food aid initiative,” said Jay Sjerven, president of the United Nations Association, Greater Kansas City Chapter. “This year's food aid symposium and the International Food Aid Conference that follows will consider how the world, the United States and Kansas City can respond to those in need.”

The Kansas City Symposium on Food Aid is open to the public. For additional information or to RSVP, e-mail to Although the event is free, a non-perishable food contribution to the Harvesters would be greatly appreciated. Harvesters food bins will be in place at the event.

Media inquiries about this event should be directed to Jo Anna Edgerton, International Affairs and Trade Office, (816) 513-3526.

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