Within Reach: Zero Hunger

Thank you for attending our inaugural Within Reach conference, with the theme of Zero Hunger that was hosted April 12-15, 2021, on a computer screen near you. With renowned World Food Prize Laureates, international food security powerhouses like Catherine Bertini and Roger Thurow, and many scientists, business executives, and others, this conference will inspire, empower, and challenge students to take action against hunger in a world plagued by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, virtual education, and economic hardship.


  • Students: apply to be in the Deaton Institute Future Leader Cohort
  • Universities: start a Deaton Scholars Program at your institution
  • Participate in our UN Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogues
  • Champion a White House conference on food security

Partner Organizations and Universities: 

  • Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit 2021 attendee
  • University of Missouri (Columbia)
  • North Carolina State University
  • Culver-Stockton College
  • Penn State University
  • Missouri S&T (Rolla)
  • University of Kentucky
  • VA Tech
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Christopher Newport University
  • World Food Prize Youth Institutes
  • National Peace Corps Association
  • University of Guelph


  • Presenting Sponsors:
    • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) North America
    • Universities Fighting World Hunger
    • Missouri Farmers Care
    • Farm Journal Foundation
    • Mary Christie Institute
  • Conference Box Sponsor:
    • Shelter Insurance (Columbia, MO)
    • Convoy of Hope (Springfield, MO)