Today the food bank is holding its Annual Northern Virginia Hunger Summit, which provides interactive forums for individuals and organizations that offer feeding programs or other social services.
The summit will feature the enlightening Bridges Out of Poverty series, a two-part series based on the book of the same name by Dr. Ruby K. Payne and her colleagues, offers time-tested, research-based steps to serving people in need in a way that empowers individuals and strengthens communities.
Part one of the training, featured at the food bank’s 2009 Northern Virginia Hunger Summit and 2010 Metropolitan Area Hunger Conference, focused on the learned behaviors of people living in poverty and how it influences their daily decisions. Poverty forces individuals to make minute-by-minute decisions in order to gain access to basic necessities, and that this essentially influences how a person in that situation views time.
Part two of the session will be covered today and offers social service providers or any organizations dealing with hunger the skills needed to work with people in need, best practices and the best way to work with other agencies.
If you work with hunger related issues or if you are interested in learning about the dynamics of poverty from an economic and social perspective, the 2010 NOVA Hunger Summit is for you. The event is free and open to the public and lunch is provided.