THE 22nd Annual Menu of Hope

In February 2017 Children’s Hunger Alliance hosted nearly 800 guests at our 22nd Annual Menu of Hope luncheon with emcees Terri Sullivan and Stacia Naquin of WSYX ABC 6. Our keynote speaker John Quiñones, Emmy Award-winning journalist and anchor of ABC’s Primetime limited series What Would You Do?, captivated audiences as he recounted daring assignments and moved audiences with his own personal triumph over poverty. Thank you to our lead sponsor AEP and Menu of Hope Committee Co-Chairs Nick Fortine, Publisher of Columbus Business First, and Steve Francis, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Columbus.

The 23rd Annual Menu of Hope luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. More information will be coming soon!


Monday, February 27, 2017
Registration: 11:00 a.m.
Program: 11.30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street, Columbus OH 43215


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John Quinones

Keynote Speaker

Quiñones’ work for What Would You Do? captures people’s reactions when confronted with dilemmas compelling them to either act or walk away. He has extensively covered a religious sect in Northern Arizona that forces its young female members to take part in polygamous marriages. Other reports include going undercover with a hidden camera to reveal how clinics were performing unnecessary surgical procedures as part of a major nationwide insurance scam; he followed along with a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to cross into the U.S. via the treacherous route known as “The Devil’s Highway” and he traveled to Israel for a CINE Award-winning report about suicide bombers.

In September 1999, Quiñones anchored a critically acclaimed ABC News special entitled Latin Beat, focusing on the wave of Latin talent sweeping the U.S., the impact of the recent population explosion and how it will affect the nation as a whole. He was awarded an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza. He also contributed reports to ABC News’ unprecedented 24-hour, live, global Millennium broadcast, which won the George Foster Peabody Award.

Quiñones’ reports for 20/20 have included an in-depth look at the unprecedented lawsuit against the Cuban government by a woman who claimed she unknowingly married a spy, and an exclusive interview with a Florida teenager who brutally killed her adoptive mother. He was honored with a Gabriel Award for his poignant report that followed a young man to Colombia, as he made an emotional journey to reunite with his birth mother after two decades. Other stories originating from Central America include political and economic turmoil in Argentina and civil war in El Salvador. During the ‘80s he spent nearly a decade in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama reporting for World News Tonight.

Quiñones has won seven national Emmy Awards for his Primetime Live, Burning Questions and 20/20 work. He was awarded an Emmy for his coverage of the Congo’s virgin rainforest, which also won the Ark Trust Wildlife Award, and in 1990 he received an Emmy for Window in the Past, a look at the Yanomamo Indians. He received a National Emmy Award for his work on the ABC documentary Burning Questions—The Poisoning of America, which aired in September 1988, and was also honored with a World Hunger Media Award and a Citation from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for To Save the Children, his 1990 report on the homeless children of Bogota. Among his other prestigious awards are the First Prize in International Reporting and Robert F. Kennedy Prize for his piece on Modern Slavery—Children Sugar Cane Cutters in the Dominican Republic.

Quiñones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. He received a Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism.