Exploring Hunger and Food Insecurity in Idaho
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:45am - 1:15pm
The Grove Hotel
Celia Gould - Idaho State Department of Ag
Priscilla Salant - University of Idaho
Karen Vauk - Idaho Food Bank

Hunger is a significant social and economic issue in Idaho. Even with agricultural production per capita higher than any other western state, one in six adults and one in four children struggle with hunger and adequate, sustainable access to  healthy food . Often an invisible plight, each community presents its own issues and challenges. Our experts will provide insights to better inform our understanding of these challenges as well as provide perspectives on strategies for improving food security in our state. They also will answer questions from the City Club audience. The three panelists are:    

  • Celia Gould: Since 2007, Celia has served as Director over the agency responsible for regulating the state’s agricultural industry.
  • Karen Vauk: Karen has led the Idaho Foodbank since 2009. The Foodbank is an independent, nonprofit organization and the largest distributor of free food assistance and hunger relief in Idaho.
  • Priscilla Salant: Her office at the University of Idaho oversees university partnerships with communities, non-profit organizations, and public agencies, including those in the area of food systems and food security. 


Chair: Sally Long, Randi McDermott
Moderator: Dick Gardner