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Lived Experience and Resource Network

L.E.A.R.N. Lived Experience and Resource Network

Hunger Free Oklahoma (HFO) values the active involvement of individuals with lived/living experiences of food insecurity and/or hunger. We believe unique insights and perspectives should guide decision making, policy development, and program design.  

We believe community engagement is about ensuring that those who experience food insecurity and/or hunger have a say in designing and implementing solutions.

Storytellers Roundtable:
March 30, 2024

Available to ages 18+ individuals living in the Tulsa metro area only. 

Storytelling Roundtables are storytelling sessions with no more than seven storytellers who experience food insecurity and/or hunger. Storytellers will move through a storytelling workshop, an activity, write their one- or two-minute story, and share their story with consent. Storytellers will have the opportunity to discuss how food insecurity and hunger has impacted their lives. Storytellers will uncover and challenge the dominant narratives about hunger and food insecurity and develop the skills to tell their own personal narrative with the goal to transform conversations in our communities.  

Storytellers only participate in one session.  

Application Deadline: March 7, 2024. 

Roundtable Details

Saturday, March 30, 2024 
Hunger Free Oklahoma:
907 S. Detroit Ave. #600, Tulsa, OK 74120 

$150 compensation in the form of a check or gift card after W9 has been received. 
Lunch and snacks provided. 
Transportation available. 
Mileage and childcare reimbursement available. 

Please email Sarah or Houa with any questions.

Meet Your Facilitators

Houa Xiong

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Email Houa.
Gay, Hmong, and American, experiencing at least three timelines of food insecurity as a child and adult, I live as an advocate. I volunteer weekly at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, moderated for the 2SLGBTQIA+ Food Panel at Hungry For Action 2023 Conference, and was a panelist for the University of Central Oklahoma 2SLGBTQIA+ Career Panel. My goal at Hunger Free Oklahoma is to help improve practices, policies, and systems to address food insecurity issues and to center communities.

Sarah Smith-Moore

Sarah Smith-Moore

Email Sarah.
I am a queer, neurodivergent, cis-woman, and mother of two with lived experience of poverty, food insecurity, disability, and related intersectionalities. I have worked alongside families for decades and I am deeply committed to grassroots efforts focused on collective liberation. People with lived experience have powerful stories and solutions to problems that deserve to be heard. I look forward to joining you in a circle of stories.  

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