POW! 2017 Annual Conference

Persisting & Organizing to Win! Putting the POW in EMPOWER!

October 5-6, St Louis, MO

Online Registration is NOW OPEN!

Empower Missouri is dedicating the 2017 Annual Conference to the role of labor organizing. With continued attacks to reduce the reach and influence of the labor community, now is the time to focus on building strong alliances across the broad social justice spectrum.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Nancy Cross: Opening Keynoter, Vice President SEIU Local 1
  • Tiffany Dena Loftin: Closing Keynoter, Senior Program Specialist, NEA
  • Rev. Traci Blackmon & Rabbi Susan Talve: Dinner & Awards Speaker



Workshop titles and times subject to change, more details to follow.

Breakout Session #1 1:30-3:00 PM   Breakout Session #2 3:15-4:45 PM
Housing & Food Insecurity Among Low-Wage Workers (AHHTF & HTF)   Housing & Food Insecurity Among Low-Wage Workers (Repeat) (AHHTF & HTF)
Justice in the Workplace (HRTF)   Faith/Labor Alliance
MO Budget Project (EJTF)   Ban the Box - Fair Chance Hiring Policies (CJTF)
Impact of Trauma on Low-Wage Workers (H/MHTF)   Minimum Wage and #FF$15 (EJTF)


10% of the total tickets sold are available at a Scholarship Rate of 10% of the conference price. Click here to apply for a scholarship. If selected, you will receive registration instructions.


You and/or your organization can show your support for worker's rights and grassroots organizing by sponsoring our conference and contributing to our scholarship fund for low-wage workers. 

Thank you to last year's Sponsors. 2017 Sponsors include:

Missouri Jobs with Justice

When & Where

October 5-6, 2017

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, St. Louis

7730 Bonhomme Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63105

(Special hotel rate of $109/night is available under "Empower Missouri October 2017")





This Is Hunger

Empower Missouri is happy to be teaming up MAZON as well as with other Missouri partners to bring The This Is Hunger Exhibit to Missouri!
This interactive exhibit is stopping first in St. Louis July 5-7, and then will be in Overland Park, KS in the Kansas City area July 9-13.
STL: Tickets required for this free event. Click here.
KC: Tickets required for this free event. Click here.


Stories about hunger. In their own words.

This Is Hunger is a powerful and interactive exhibit, housed in a big rig, that takes individuals on a journey—one that that will challenge their beliefs about who in America struggles with hunger and why, and inspire them to take action.

*Please Note: This Is Hunger is a 45-minute timed-entry experience for 30 guests, and we will begin promptly at the scheduled time.

Visit thisishunger.org to learn more about the program. Don’t see a time that works for you? Visit this page to see all of our tour stops.

STL: Please call Cori Neidenberg at (314) 469-0700 or email cneidenberg@unitedhebrew.org for help with registration or questions about the schedule while This Is Hunger is at United Hebrew Congregation.

KC: Please contact Farrah Udell at (913) 647-7282 or fudell@bethshalomkc.org for help with registration or questions about the schedule.

STL Public Radio’s Don Marsh of St. Louis on the Air interviewed our ED Jeanette Mott Oxford, as well as Michelle Stuffmann of Mazon and Leslie Yoffie, president of United Hebrew Congregation. If you missed it or want to listen again, click here.

Download a Flyer to hang up in your local coffee shop or break room.

Hunger Task Force Meeting 1-19-17


Empower Missouri’s

Hunger Task Force Meeting

Almost 41,000 Missourians have lost access to food stamp benefits during
the past year due to the implementation of Senate Bill 24 from the 2015 Legislative Session.
Missouri was already 2nd in the nation
 on measures of severity of hunger.
Your participation is needed!!

Conference Call Meeting: Thursday, January 19,2017
@ 12:00 PM 

Passcode: 167856#
Details of the Agenda and Speakers
will be sent out closer to the meeting!
RSVP: Christine Woody to christine@empowermissouri.org

Hunger Task Force 10-19-16

Join the Empower Missouri Hunger Task Force for its Lunch and Learn Meeting

Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 12-1pm

BY PHONE: 712-432-1500 passcode 167856


Guest: Karen Warren, Legal Services of Eastern MO- will share details of their program which can offer advocacy assistance to the Department of Social Services for clients who have been cut off or denied Food Stamps

Update on possible Breakfast in the Classroom Outreach

Update on DSS reorganization

Update Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Update on November Election

Upcoming Legislative Session

New Report Shows the importance of Healthy School Meals

A new report from our national partner- The Food Research and Action Center (www.frac.org)

Shows School Meals Improve Food Security, Dietary Intake, and Weight Outcomes, says Food Research & Action Center

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016—Mounting evidence shows that healthy school meals play a key role in supporting the well-being of children, including alleviating food insecurity, improving dietary intake, and mitigating obesity, says

In its soon-to-be-released September issue of FRAC Focus: Obesity and Poverty, FRAC points to several recent studies published in prestigious journals and reports that find:

  • Free or reduced-price school lunches reduce food insecurity by at least 3.8 percent, as reported in the Journal of Econometrics;
  • Access to school breakfast decreases the risk of food insecurity and breakfast-skipping, especially among low-income children, according to research that appears in the Journal of Nutrition, Social Service Review, and a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report;
  • The new nutrition standards, which took effect in the 2012-2013 school year, improve nutrition-related outcomes among students, including improvements in fruit and vegetable selection and consumption, according to research compiled by FRAC(pdf) earlier this year;
  • Low-income students who eat both school breakfast and lunch have significantly better overall diet quality than low-income students who do not eat school meals, according to research published in  the Journal of Nutrition;
  • Participation in federally funded child care nutrition or school meals provided in child care, preschool, school, or summer settings is associated with a significantly lower body mass  index among young, low-income children, as reported in Health Affairs; and
  • Economists estimate that free or reduced-price school lunch reduces obesity rates by at least 17 percent, according to research presented in the Journal of Econometrics.

To receive a copy of FRAC Focus: Obesity and Poverty, subscribe here. For more information on school meals and other federal nutrition programs, visit FRAC.org

Empower Missouri Annual Conference- October 6-7 in Kansas City, Missouri

To learn more about how hunger affects children Register for the Empower Missouri Annual Conference:  Changing the Story: From Trauma to Hope where we will be having a workshop called: The Lifelong Trauma of Childhood Hunger


Hunger Task Force Meeting- 8-22-16

Join the Empower Missouri Hunger Task Force for its

Lunch and Learn Meeting

Monday August 22, 2016 from 12-1pm

BY PHONE: 712-432-1500 passcode 167856


Jerianne Jaegers, from DSS, will discuss the decline in Food Stamp and TANF participation as well as FSD’s reorganization.

Karen Wooten from DESE, will discuss the new funded position that is focusing on Community Eligibility

Child Nutrition Reauthorization- Where it is in in the legislative process and how we can help advocate for it

Empower Missouri’s Annual Conference- Workshop on the Lifelong Trauma of Childhood Hunger. Oct 6-7 in Kansas City.  To register: VISIT HERE


2016 Grant From MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Empower Missouri has been selected to receive a 2016 grant from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Abby Leibman, President and CEO of the national anti-hunger advocacy organization stated in announcing the award, “Despite the great political and budgetary challenges facing anti-hunger programs, Empower Missouri has reported important accomplishments and successes over the past year. We are honored to partner with Empower Missouri.”

The MAZON/Empower Missouri partnership will be for policy work and advocacy. Jeanette Mott Oxford, executive director of Empower Missouri, said, “We are very thankful for the support of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Public policy matters greatly as we seek to reduce Missouri’s deep poverty and hunger.”

Oxford continued, “We are especially monitoring the impact of the implementation of Senate Bill 24 from 2015 and the current federal debate around the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. The choices we make must show compassion and a realistic assessment of the cost of living and the number of living wage jobs that are available in Missouri counties with the highest unemployment.”


About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger:

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger (http://mazon.org) is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.


Hunger Task Force Meeting June 29, 2016

Join the Empower Missouri Hunger Task Force for its meeting on

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm

Join by phone over  your lunch hour for a short briefing and actions you can take on around hunger in our Community.

JOIN US by calling: 712-432-1500 passcode: 167856#

Updates on:

Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Summer Meal Program

DSS reorganization

Drop in TANF participants = increase in Food Pantry usage

Veto Session and Looking ahead to 2017

Empower Missouri Annual Conference- October 6-7 in Kansas City.


RSVP to Christine Woody: christine@empowermissouri.org