Food Studies Program

Closing Maine's Hunger Gap: Exploring Myths, Realities, Solutions

October 18, 2017 to October 18, 2017
First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street, Portland
Donna Beegle

Hunger is on the rise, and threatens the development of our children, the vitality of our workforce, and the strength of our communities. This series will examine the fundamental causes of poverty and hunger, debunking the myths, exposing the realities, and offering creative solutions to these challenges.

Donna Beegle

Wednesday, October 18th
First Parish Church
425 Congress Street, Portland

Donna Beegle


Donna Beegle, president of Communications Across Barriers, is a nationally-acclaimed expert on understanding the causes of and solutions to poverty and hunger. She works directly with children and adults living in poverty, as well as all professionals who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty.

Donna will be delivering a keynote address along with a panel of several local activists. This will be followed by a training entitled Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty and Hunger. The agenda for the day is below. Both events are free and open to the public. The training, however, does require registration as space is limited. You can register for this training by contacting Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt, Administrative Specialist, Food Studies Program, at or by calling (207) 780-4490.

  • 11:00a - 11:45a: Meet and Greet
  • 11:45a - 1:45p: Donna Beegle, Keynote, with a panel of local activists
    (500-person limit; no registration required)
  • 2:15p - 5:15p: Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty and Hunger training
    (100-person limit; registration required)

Contact Information

Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt
(207) 780-4490