The Maine Hunger Dialogue will convene by webinar from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 23, according to a news release from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Orono.

With a focus on food and housing insecurities experienced by college students, speakers will address best practices for campuses, discuss the results of a statewide survey on the primary issues, and explore food preservation techniques. Participating Maine college students and staff also can apply for $500 grants focused on campus food insecurity.

The Maine Hunger Dialogue began in 2014. It grew out of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Maine Harvest for Hunger program which, since 2000, has donated 3,083,638 pounds of surplus fruits and vegetables to people, soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters in the state.

“The goal of the Maine Hunger Dialogue is to inspire students from the state’s public and private universities and colleges, including community colleges, to learn, share ideas, network and work together to fight hunger across Maine,” said Frank Wertheim, as associate extension professor of agriculture/horticulture, according to the release.

The Maine Hunger Dialogue also will be live streamed on YouTube and will be recorded for those who cannot participate live. The event is sponsored by UMaine Extension, University of Maine at Presque Isle, the University of Maine System, Husson University and Maine Campus Compact.

Registration is required for the free webinar. To register, visit extension.umaine.edu.

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