2018 Food Waste & Hunger Summit

From March 24-25, hunger fighters gathered at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana for our 5th annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit. During this snowy weekend, we unpacked the triple bottom line of successful food justice ventures: expanding access to healthy food, creating economic opportunities and meaningful careers and testing innovative solutions to systemic failures. If you missed it, check out #FWHS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get a glimpse of the excitement and energy building in this movement.

We had an incredible line-up of featured speakers including Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Pashon Murray and Anna Lappé. Our weekend kicked off with a great conversation between our own Mike Curtin, CKP and DC Central Kitchen CEO, and Robert Egger, founder of DC Central Kitchen and LA Kitchen about using food to break the cycle of poverty. As pathbreakers in the field, they shared their theories of change and what that looks like in the future. At the same time, they humbly acknowledged that they don’t have the all the answers and empowered students to know that they are the generation of change. The weekend also included three informative panels with some of our incredible partners, each focusing on one of the three triple bottom lines.

On Saturday afternoon, attendees split into 20 different breakout sessions for a deeper dive into a variety of topics from advocacy and policy to sustainable agriculture. This was an opportunity for participants to connect and network, share best practices and learn from each other along the way.

This year, attendees were able to connect online using our Food Waste & Hunger Summit App. Everyone was able to engage in conversations with fellow attendees, share what they were most looking forward to, and post photos of breakout sessions and keynote speakers. We loved seeing all the great discussions about bringing ideas from FWHS back to their communities.

The FWHS was an incredible success, but wouldn’t have been possible without our host, IUPUI, and our sponsors, including the AARP Foundation, United Technologies Corporation, CoBank and more. We so grateful to all of our partners who made the 5th annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit such a successful event!

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