In a country of abundance, and in a state with such incredible ag productivity, it’s difficult to imagine that anyone in America or in Iowa goes hungry.

Yet nearly one in eight Iowans, or nearly 400,000 people, struggle with food insecurity, according to Feeding America. Even more startling, more than one in five Iowa children live in food insecure households, where they often face empty cupboards and don’t have enough to eat.

This past week, the Iowa Hun­ger Summit celebrated its 10th anniversary helping to raise awareness and find solutions to the problem of food insecurity both here in Iowa and around the world.

The annual event, sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau and FBL Financial, kicked off the week-long World Food Prize activities in Des Moines.

"Whatever your views are about politics in America ... , we need things like the Hunger Summit...