2014 Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Summit


On April 25, 2014, the Capital Area Food Bank will host the Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Summit themed, “Food for Health.”

Event Info

Capital Area Food Bank
4900 Puerto Rico Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017

Date and Time
Friday, April 25
8AM – 3PM

mahc-treeThe 2014 Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Summit will bring together community leaders, public health professionals, and hunger advocates to discuss the relationship between food and health and how we can better serve our community.

Throughout the day, we will explore the intersection between hunger and overall wellness. Workshops will focus on diet related illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and cognitive development.


JohnsonBruce Johnson | @brucejohnson9

Bruce Johnson has been a reporter and anchor for WUSA 9 for more than 30 years. In addition to anchoring weekend newscasts, Bruce covers DC government. His work has earned him 19 Emmy Awards and a place in the Society of Professional Journalist’s Hall of Fame.

In addition, Bruce has been honored by the DC City Council, the City’s Mayors and hundreds of Community and Civic Groups for his volunteer work in the District of Columbia and Suburbs.

In 1992, while on assignment for WUSA 9, in a DC neighborhood, Bruce suffered a sudden and massive heart attack. He was rushed to a nearby emergency room, stabilized, and then flown to the Washington Hospital Center where emergency angioplasty successfully unclogged an artery.

Bruce decided to use his near death experience and celebrity to examine the toll heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular events were taking on people, their family and friends, and just as importantly, what people might do to become more heart healthy. His efforts and those of his producers resulted in the three-part TV series that won national recognition from the American Heart Association. Bruce wrote Heart to Heart the stories of a diverse group of men and women, young and not-so-young who survived similar attacks.

StonesiferPatty Stonesifer
Martha’s Table | @MarthasTableorg

Patty Stonesifer is President and CEO of Martha’s Table, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC focused on providing food, nutrition, education and other supports to help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty.

Patty previously advised business, nonprofit and government leaders on strategies for reducing inequity, and was appointed in 2010 by President Obama to serve as the Chair of the White House Council for Community Solutions.

In 2012 she completed her term as Chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents. In the ten years prior, she was the founding CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

She serves on the Smithsonian Board of Regents, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is a member of the Circle of Allies and Champions for the National Council of Young Leaders, an Advisory Board Member for America Achieves, an Advisor for Hope Street Group and is on the Executive Committee of RaiseDC.

Before joining the Gates Foundation, Ms. Stonesifer spent two decades working in technology, with her final role as Senior Vice President at Microsoft Corporation leading the consumer and interactive products division.

She is on the corporate board of Amazon.com. Ms. Stonesifer served as a member of the US delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions on AIDS, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of Indiana University, and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Indiana University and Tufts University.

Clint SmithClint Smith | @ClintSmithIII

Clint Smith teaches English at Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County, MD.

In 2013, Mr. Smith was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He is profiled in the book, “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom” (Welcome Books, 2013) as one of the top 50 educators in the nation.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Smith is an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist and is a member of Washington DC’s National Slam Poetry team. He is originally from New Orleans, LA, is an alumnus of Davidson College, and will be commencing work on his Ph.D. in Education at Harvard University this fall.

KatzGreg Katz
2Armadillos | @2ArmadillosCO

Greg Katz is a medical doctor, personal trainer, and co-founder of 2Armadillos.

Greg spent four years working as a personal trainer before moving to New York to go to medical school. He took a year off from med school to work as a researcher for the Dr. Oz Show, where he helped to teach millions of Americans how to make better choices in diet and exercise.

Now he’s a resident in internal medicine at NYU, teaching his patients these skills every day.

EdgertonJimmy Edgerton
2Armadillos | @2ArmadillosCO

Jimmy Edgerton is a sustainable real estate developer, certified nutritional consultant, personal trainer, and co-founder of 2Armadillos.

Jimmy lives in DC, where he’s been working as a sustainable real estate developer, both managing his own projects and consulting on those of others. He is a certified personal trainer and nutritional consultant who runs local bootcamp workouts and puts together urban triathalons.

His goal is to make the world a healthier, more sustainable place through his business ventures and personal interactions.

RedfordSofia Redford
2Armadillos | @2ArmadillosCO

Sofia Redford, public health and program management professional, is the operations manager for 2Armadillos.

Sofia lives in DC, where she spent three years working in an international health nonprofit before making the leap to working full-time with food.

She brings her experience with program management and her commitment to creating a healthier, happier world, not to mention her love of all things delicious, to 2Armadillos.

SherwoodKate Sherwood | @healthycookkate
Center for Science in the Public Interest | @CSPI

Kate Sherwood is the culinary director and executive chef of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in Washington D.C.

She also writes The Healthy Cook recipe page for CSPI’s newsletter, Nutrition Action and is the publication’s culinary editor. With 2 million readers, Nutrition Action is the largest-circulation health and nutrition newsletter in North America.

Kate teaches healthy cooking at the Capital Area Food Bank and works with their nutrition and outreach team to create materials to promote healthy eating. She’s been featured in The Washington Post and on Fox News for the volunteer work she does with the food bank.

In addition, Kate lectures and teaches cooking classes at Rancho La Puerta, voted by Conde Nast’s Traveler readers as the best spa in North America. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Kate has been a freelance food stylist at The Food Network, Discovery, “The Today Show,” and Martha Stewart, where she worked with many television chefs, including Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Rachel Ray, Giada de Laurentis, and Alton Brown.

CarasEmily Caras
CSPI’s Food Day | @FoodDay2014

Emily Caras is a Project Coordinator for Food Day at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24.

Emily joined the Food Day team in August of 2013. Prior to this, Emily worked on CSPI’s Nutrition Action Healthletter researching and compiling information for Brand-Name Ratings and other articles. Emily earned a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, completed the Cornell Dietetic Internship, and is a Registered Dietitian. Emily is a member of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Dietetic Association (DCMADA).

EdenTimothy Eden | @TimothyEden
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine | @MindBodyMed

Timothy Eden is a clinical social worker, writer, and a former researcher at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

Having grown up on a farm, Timothy recognizes the intrinsic link between a community’s health and its relationship to food. With organizations such as New Orleans Food and Farm Network, he has worked intensively on the local level to develop just and sustainable food systems and to increase knowledge and awareness on issues related to food security.

MedfordCynthia Medford
Children’s National Medical | @childrenshealth

Cynthia Medford joined Children’s National Medical Center from Montgomery General Hospital in 2006 to work as a Clinical Diabetes Educator.

Earlier In her nursing career, Cynthia worked in Home Health and the Critical Care area.

She grew up in the United Kingdom where she earned her nursing and midwifery degrees. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, and a Certified Pediatric Nurse.

She has memberships with the American Diabetes Association, The American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Pediatric Nurses Society.