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Closing the Gap – A Hunger Issue!

We speak of hunger’s impact on health. But when does the struggle for health lead to hunger? How do these two human needs interact for individuals, families, and communities?

Join us for a free public gathering on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel (11 N. Latah St. in Boise). All are welcome to join us in exploring the connection between medical insurance and food insecurity in Idaho.


Close the Gap – The Dollars and Cents
Christine Tiddens, LMSW, Policy Director of the Idaho Asset Building Network

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As Policy Director, Christine educates the public and elected officials on issues related to financial security in Idaho and advocates for policies that improve the overall well-being of Idaho families and communities. For over seven years, she has filled a variety of roles related to social and economic justice advocacy in Idaho, including coalition leader, community organizer, lobbyist and political strategist. Along with her work at the Idaho Asset Building Network, Christine is also an adjunct professor at Boise State University’s School of Social Work. She earned her Master’s in Social Work degree from Boise State University and holds B.S. degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Idaho.

How the Gap Affects Food Security
Ruth Schneider, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND

Ruth Schneider is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who currently works at Idaho State University in Meridian, where she coordinates the ISU Dietetic Internship (her dream job!). Ruth has a master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Ruth has been very active in her profession throughout her career, having been President of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was named the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in Idaho in 2010. Ruth has also been very involved in feeding and advocating for the poor. She has been the Coordinator for the monthly “Friendship Feast,” a meal for the homeless through her congregation, for the past 21 years. She was a founding member of IIRAH and has served on the planning committee of every Hunger Summit.

She has a bumper sticker that reads: Peace begins when the hungry are fed.

Hard Choices: Personal Stories from the Gap


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