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Tom Gibbs, associate superintendent for Athens City Schools, explains the struggles his students deal with when it comes to hunger. Several local leaders gathered at The Ridges on Friday, April 4 as part of a social innovative forum organized by the School of Communication Studies and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The forum was designed as an avenue for students to discover the local resources that are available to combat hunger across the region, with the hope of formulating an action plan to be an institute for change.

Tom Gibbs, associate superintendent for Athens City Schools, explains the struggles his students deal with when it comes to hunger. Several local leaders gathered at The Ridges on Friday, April 4 as part of a social innovative forum organized by the School of Communication Studies and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The forum was designed as an avenue for students to discover the local resources that are available to combat hunger across the region, with the hope of formulating an action plan to be an institute for change. (Photos by Jonathan Adams)

Ohio University students and area leaders break into roundtable discussion groups to examine the issues surrounding hunger in Southeastern Ohio.

Ohio University students and area leaders break into roundtable discussion groups to examine the issues surrounding hunger in Southeastern Ohio.

Ohio University student Hannah Back introduces the variety of area experts who attended the forum, including Bob Fedyski of Rural Action, Athens City Schools' Assistant Superintendent Tom Gibbs, Chris Linscott of Good Works, Sherri Oliver of Live Healthy Appalachia, Erik Peterson of Community Food Initiatives, Chris MacNeal of the Southeastern Ohio Regional Food Bank and Kerri Shaw, field education instructor in the University's Department of Social and Public Health.

Ohio University student Hannah Back introduces the variety of area experts who attended the forum, including Bob Fedyski of Rural Action, Athens City Schools' Assistant Superintendent Tom Gibbs, Chris Linscott of Good Works, Sherri Oliver of Live Healthy Appalachia, Erik Peterson of Community Food Initiatives, Chris MacNeal of the Southeastern Ohio Regional Food Bank and Kerri Shaw, field education instructor in the University's Department of Social and Public Health.

Morgan Morgan, center, a School of Communication Studies student, listens to a presentation during the Got Food? symposium.

Morgan Morgan, center, a School of Communication Studies student, listens to a presentation during the Got Food? symposium.

John Glazer from TechGROWTH and the Voinovich School talks about being innovative when combating hunger.

John Glazer from TechGROWTH and the Voinovich School talks about being innovative when combating hunger.