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Thursday, February 2, 2023 , 1:30 pm 3:30 pm

January 19, 26, February 2, 9  (Thursdays) 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Attend in person at ISU’s Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal (Masks are optional.)


Watch Online via Zoom

*Classes are subject to change based on current CDC and IDPH guidelines, as well as ISU policies and procedures.


$35 for Senior Professional members
$45 for non-members

For in person, pricing is per person.
For ZOOM, one registration per household.

Price includes:
• Four 2-hour sessions (one Academy of Seniors class)
$15 single-session option available for in-person (pay at door).

Register online at seniorprofessionals.illinoisstate.edu or call (309) 438-2160.

Seating is limited for in-person viewing.

Zoom participants will receive a Zoom link a week prior to the class(es) for which they’ve signed up and again on the day of each class session.

Class Description:

January 19Family, Faith, Food: The Midwest Food Bank Model to Fight Hunger

From the first days on the family farm in 2003, Midwest Food Bank has partnered with the community to provide food and supplies to those in need. The unique mission and operational model propelled the growth to serve 2,100 food pantries and nonprofit partners across 12 locations in the U.S., Haiti, and East Africa today. Midwest Food Bank celebrates 20 years of community partnership in 2023. This session shares the history, growth, and the community impact that one family’s legacy and countless volunteers have made on food insecurity

Tara Ingham, Executive Director, Midwest Food Bank

January 26A Person With Food Has Many Problems; A Person With No Food Has Only One

Throughout the world, except in time of war, people with money have food. Unfortunately, in much of the world extreme poverty is the norm, and hunger is rampant. Using experiences with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Farmer-to-Farmer endeavors in Asia and Africa, Dr. Rick Wills will share ways USAID is working to improve the lives of persons in developing countries. Discover how an ISU Ag course – Resources, Food and Society: A Global Perspective – brings awareness of the problems of food equality from a local to a global
perspective to students across campus.

Rick Wills, GROWMARK Retiree, Instructional Asst Professor, Agriculture and Marketing, ISU

February 2Farm, Food and Community Development: A Roadmap to Food Security

Changing the landscape of the current food system and creating access to fresh healthy foods for all, while ensuring fair pricing for farmers growing the food, are ongoing challenges. Discover how community-led, grassroot efforts are helping to build more sustainable food systems, utilizing farmers, food banks, restaurants, and other community partners. What role does growing specialty crops play in providing much needed food access? How do market development, advocacy, policy reform, and training factor into these endeavors?

Raghela Scavuzzo, Associate Director of Food Systems Development, Illinois Farm Bureau

February 9 – To be announced in the fall on Senior Professionals’ website.


Thursday, February 2, 2023
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$15 – $45


Senior Professionals
(309) 438-2818
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1101 N. Main Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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(309) 438-4781
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