ZERO HUNGER - Fighting Food Insecurity Regionally

Regional Summits on Issues that Matter

THursday, May 18, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Ware Center 
Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Event Details
A one-day conference at the Ware Center in Downtown Lancaster featuring a noted speakers and informative panels addressing the important topic of food insecurity in Central Pennsylvania. 

Topics/Sessions :

  • Identifying the Problem: Current Research on Food Insecurity  
  • Addressing Hunger in PreK-12 Settings
  • Sharing Best Practices among Higher Ed Institutions
  • Advocating for Policy Solutions 
  • Supporting and Mobilizing the Nonprofit Sector 

Our Mission and Purpose:

Food insecurity is a profound challenge facing people and communities across the region, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Food insecurity means not having access to reliable and nutritious meals, a condition impacting nearly 1.7 million Pennsylvanians, according to the PA Department of Human Services. Hunger touches the lives of individuals from across the Commonwealth, urban and rural populations alike, and people from every age cohort, including our most vulnerable populations of younger and older residents.

Working together, our private, public, and nonprofit sectors are making progress in battling this crisis, but gaps remain, and individuals and families remain undeserved. Join us and learn more about the significance of food insecurity in the region and explore some best practices in service provision. As leaders in the community, we will highlight areas of advocacy and potential solutions in combating food insecurity in South Central Pennsylvania.

Sustainable Development Goals:

In 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are a series of ambitious objectives and targets to address poverty and hunger, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change, by 2030.

A few years into the aggressive agenda, there is evidence of progress across the private and nonprofit sectors, and within federal, state, and local governments. Civil society is translating this shared vision into plans and strategies. The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

Millersville University’s Link to UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Millersville University has adopted the UN SDGs as an action item in our 2025 Strategic Plan – “Tradition and Transformation.” By 2025, we seek to expand curricular and co-curricular experiences that support Sustainable Development Goals. We also recognize our public mission to enhance the economic and social well-being of our region by advancing knowledge transfer and best practices. Hosting annual conferences of practitioners, policy leaders, and community advocates to support a shared understanding of the SDGs and accelerate the adoption of best practices aligns with our public mission and our strategic goals.

 *Offering 7 hours of continuing education credit. 

Learn more about the conference by contacting the Office of Community Engagement, Governmental and Economic Development at 717-871-5742 or