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2018 Food Tank Summit (New York City): Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste

***This Summit is SOLD OUT. Apply to the waitlist HERE. Free via live stream at***

The New York City 2nd Annual Food Tank Summit - October 3, 2018

Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste

Food Tank, Natural Resources Defense Council, NYU Steinhardt, Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, ReFED, the Fink Family Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation are excited to announce the second annual NYC Food Tank SummitEvent sponsors include the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN), Driscoll's, Edible Manhattan, Food For All, the Food Recovery Network, Great Performances, Mother Jones, Nature's Path, Niman Ranch, Organic Valley, and Sealed Air


9:00am, Welcome and Introduction. Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank and Pamela Morris, Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at NYU.

9:20am, a Fireside Chat featuring Dan Barber, Chef and Co-Founder, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns moderated by Danielle Nierenberg,President, Food Tank

9:50am, Spotlight: Tobias Peggs, Co-Founder and CEO, Square Roots

10:00am, a Fireside Chat featuring Roy Steiner, Managing Director for Food, The Rockefeller Foundation and Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council moderated by Julia Moskin, Reporter, the New York Times

11:00 am, a Fireside Chat featuring Questlove and Haile Thomas, Founder and CEO, HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth) moderated by Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

11:40am, Spotlight: Homa Dashtaki, Owner, White Moustache Yogurt

11:50am, Panel 1: Restaurants and Companies Fighting Food Waste.

Moderated by Bryan Walsh, Former International Editor, Time Magazine

Speakers: Dickie Brennan, Owner and Managing Partner of Dickie Brennan & Company

Brad Nelson, Vice President, Global Operations Discipline Leader, Marriott International

Marco Canora, Chef and Founder, Brodo

Katherine Miller, Vice President of Impact, James Beard Foundation

Dadisi Olutosin, Co-Founder and Chief Culinary Officer, Plated Food Groupe

Joe Folds, President, Pacific Foods

1:40 pm, Spotlight 2: Sheryll Durrant, New Roots Farm Coordinator, International Rescue Committee

1:50pm, Panel 2: Solving On-Farm Food Loss

Moderated by Caity Moseman Wadler, Executive Director, Heritage Radio Network


Rafael Flor, Director, YieldWise, The Rockefeller Foundation

Marie Haga, Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust

Tobias Grasso, North American President of Food Care, Sealed Air

Elizabeth Mitcham, Director, Horticulture Innovation Lab, and Postharvest Specialist, Department of Plant

Sciences, University of California, Davis

Jane Ambuko, Senior Lecturer and Head of Horticulture, Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of Nairobi

Jack Algiere, Farm Director, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

2:40pm, Networking Break (15 mins)

2:55pm, a Fireside Chat featuring Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, New York University moderated by Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

3:25pm, Spotlight: Sandy Nurse, Founder & Co-Director, BK ROT

3:35pm, Panel 3: Improving Food Recovery

Moderator: Ben Tinker, Supervising Producer, CNN Health

Panelists: Bonnie McClafferty, Director, Food Value Chain, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Elizabeth Balkan, Director, Food Waste, Natural Resources Defense Council

Robert Lee, Co-Founder & CEO, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

Karen Hanner, Vice President of Manufacturing Partnerships, Feeding America

Chris Cochran, Executive Director, ReFED

4:25pm, a Fireside Chat featuring Tim Ma, Chef and Owner, Kyirisan, Gabriele Corcos, Host, Extra Virgin, and J.J. Johnson, Chef, Author, and Co-Founder, InGrained Hospitality Concepts oderated by Charles Passy,Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

As one of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations in food and agriculture, Food Tank started these Summits four years ago, all in collaboration with major universities and non-profits and bringing together more than 400 speakers for discussions moderated by journalists from outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago TribuneViceVoxNPRBuzzFeed, and Bloomberg.

Breakfast, coffee/tea, snacks, and lunch included (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten conscious options).

For sponsorship opportunities, email To volunteer, please send your resume and availability on October 2nd and 3rd to with the subject line "Volunteering at the New York Summit."

***This Summit is SOLD OUT. Apply to the waitlist HERE. Free via live stream at ***