2023 Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture: Reducing Global Hunger through Community and Food Systems Initiatives


This session will explore strategies employed to accelerate progress in reducing hunger in the United States, with a focus on their replicability and applicability on a global scale. Speakers will discuss their nontraditional career paths and the valuable work they are doing to combat hunger and malnutrition through innovative community initiatives, research, and the improvement of food systems.

Winona Bynum, RDN, PMP, will provide an in-depth look at the impactful work carried out by the Detroit Food Policy Council, showcasing how it effectively reduces food insecurity in Detroit and serves as a model for other urban food policy councils. Allison Yoder, MA, RDN, will discuss the vital role of retail dietitians in addressing hunger within their communities, highlighting exciting new initiatives that can be replicated globally. Furthermore, Betsy Anderson Steeves, PhD, RDN, will outline the research strategies supporting the advancement of food assistance programs.

By attending this session, you will gain valuable insights into how nutrition and dietetics professionals can forge nontraditional career paths to create a significant impact, amplifying the voices of RDNs/NDTRs in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Learning Objectives

Differentiate the various roles that RDNs/NDTRs can assume in reducing hunger.

Discuss current strategies utilized to advance food security.

Identify opportunities within your current role to actively support food security, demonstrating the ability to generate actionable ideas and plans for implementation.


Allison Yoder

Program Manager

Kroger Health

Winona Bynum

executive director

Detroit Food Policy Council

Betsy Anderson Steeves

Senior Research Scientist

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition


Judith Gilbride

Professor Emerita

New York University

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