Learn about the impacts of hunger on children’s health, learning, behavior and social-emotional well-being, its effects on seniors’ health and cognitive retention, and opportunities to build a foundation of nutrition support among all generations. Participants will learn about the latest research on the prevalence and impacts of hunger among our youngest and oldest residents, before and since COVID-19, how federal nutrition assistance programs can help mitigate the ill-effects of hunger, and strategies that effectively leverage these programs to address hunger in local communities. Health professionals are in a unique position to engage in local anti-hunger efforts and partner with community-based organizations and school districts to use validated food insecurity screening tools and raise awareness of nutrition assistance programs available to children, families, and older adults.
Misha Marvel, MSW, joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2003 and has focused on outreach and advocacy for several USDA nutrition assistance programs benefiting older adults and children.
Misha has 20 years of policy analysis, advocacy and outreach experience working with anti-hunger state and regional nonprofits in New Jersey and New York. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the WIC Association of NYS.