The World Food Prize Foundation

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates "Decks the Hall" for Holiday Open House


Free event on Saturday, Dec. 17, will include live Christmas music, Santa Claus, fruit punch and cookies

The entire central Iowa community is invited to visit the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to experience our free Holiday Open House. Visitors will be treated to the majestic sound of the Grace Church Ensemble singing traditional and popular Christmas music in this downtown architectural gem. They will also be able to view the beautiful holiday decor, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy fruit punch and holiday cookies and explore the World Food Prize's collection of artwork and exhibits.

Guests can visit the "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World" international photography exhibit by Howard G. Buffett, and visitors of all ages will enjoy the interactive exhibits on food and agriculture on the garden level. 

There is no admission charge and it is a wonderful opportunity to experience this beautiful, historic downtown building during this special time of year. 100 Locust Street, Des Moines. Please visit for directions and more details.


The World Food Prize was conceived by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1986, The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. The World Food Prize also annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium to bring the world's foremost experts together to discuss cutting-edge issues in food security, and multiple youth education programs to inspire the next generation to study and work in fields related to global agriculture.

The Hall of Laureates, formerly the Des Moines Public Library, reopened in 2011 as the World Food Prize’s global headquarters. As a special tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner and World Food Prize founder Dr. Norman Borlaug, and to provide an enduring foundation for all of the programs he created, the World Food Prize Foundation took on a $29.8 million capital project to restore the century-old Des Moines Public Library Building as the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.

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