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Audio: Voices of the Iowa Hunger Summit

On the first day of the World Food Prize, the downtown Des Moines Marriott hosted the Iowa Hunger Summit, which addresses undernourished and hungry Iowans.

In addition to talks from figures like Jo Ann Jenkins of the AARP and Howard G. Buffett with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, exhibitors lined the third floor at tables explaining their own efforts to end hunger in Iowa.

Matthew Schaefer is an archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch, Iowa. He says Norman Borlaug isn’t the only Iowan who fought tirelessly against world hunger.

Mark Adams with the Red Cross outlines his organization’s humanitarian efforts to ease hunger after natural disasters in Louisiana and Iowa.

Shellie Billings represented Meals from the Heartland, a Des Moines-based nonprofit which packages meals to be distributed worldwide. Shellie describes what’s in a meal, which is capable of feeding six people.

Tammy Walhof with Bread for the World, a Christian movement dedicated to eradicating hunger, explained the importance of better nutritional guidelines and support in farm bill legislation.