April 7 talk to explore alleviating food insecurity in the U.S.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- What we know and what we need to know about food insecurity in the United States will be the topic of the 2015 M.E. John Lecture, presented by Craig Gunderson, the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy at the University of Illinois. The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will take place at 2:30 p.m. April 7 in the Faculty and Staff Club Room at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Gunderson will provide an overview of the extent, determinants and consequences of food insecurity. He will discuss the many paths that hold promise for reducing food insecurity, particularly food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.

Gundersen's research is focused primarily on the causes and consequences of food insecurity and on evaluations of food assistance programs. He is the executive director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory, a member of the Technical Advisory Group of Feeding America and the lead researcher on the Map the Meal Gap project. Previously, he held positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service and at Iowa State University.

The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 2 p.m. and will be followed by an informal discussion from 3:30 to 4 p.m. All events are open to the public and will take place in the Faculty and Staff Club Room at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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Last Updated March 25, 2015