The 2017 Food Tank Summit in New York, NY, will consist of dynamic panel discussions featuring a variety of speakers from around the world and exciting panels moderated by journalists from The New York Times, Vice, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Modern Farmer, and more. Within just four hours of announcing the event, demand was so high that Food Tank received four-times more applications than there are seats.
Confirmed speakers include: Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company; Emily Bachman, GrowNYC Zero Waste Programs; Elizabeth Balkan, NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY); John Boyd, Jr., National Black Farmers Association; Diane Brady, Bloomberg; Joan Briggs, The Fink Family Foundation; Loren Cardeli, A Growing Culture; Mark Chambers, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability at NYC Office of the Mayor; Chris Cochran, ReFED; Tom Colicchio, Craft restaurants & ‘wichcraft; Christine Datz-Romero, Lower East Side Ecology Center; Karl Deily, Sealed Air; Ron Gonen, Closed Loop Partners; Alison Grantham, Blue Apron; Tony Hillery, Harlem Grown; Helen Hollyman, MUNCHIES at Vice Media; Lynette Johnson, Society of St. Andrew; Prasanta Kalita, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Justin Kamine, KDC Ag – Kamine Development Corporation; Sam Kass, TROVE; Amy Keister, Compass Group; Devon Klatell, The Rockefeller Foundation; Gigi Lee Chang, FoodFutureCo; Bonnie McClafferty, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Jude Medeiros, Sodexo; Clare Miflin, Kiss + Cathcart; Carina Millstone, Feedback; Monica Munn, The Rockefeller Foundation; Kimbal Musk, The Kitchen; Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank; Pete Pearson, World Wildlife Fund; Tinia Pina, Re-Nuble; Ruth Reichl, PBS Host, Eater, Cook; Antonio Reynoso, New York City Council; Brian Roe, Ohio State University; James Rogers, Apeel; Kim Severson, The New York Times; Kavita Shukla, Fenugreen; Stephanie Strom, The New York Times; Tom Vilsack, U.S. Dairy Export Council; Brian Wansink, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab; Venessa Wong, BuzzFeed; Jocelyn Zuckerman, Modern Farmer; and Konstantin Zvereff, BlueCart.
The Food Tank Summit is also made possible with the support of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, Sealed Air, Blue Apron, Sombra Mezcal, Great Performances, Organic Valley, Blue Hill Restaurant, Nature’s Path, and Niman Ranch.
With about 8 million residents, New York City alone sends 4 million tons of waste to landfills each year. An estimated one-third of that waste is food. As home to Hunts Point, the largest food distribution center in the world, New York City is primed to lead the nation’s (and even the world’s) food waste movement.
Food Tank will also be hosting a post-Summit reception (SOLD OUT) immediately following the Food Tank NYC Summit, sponsored by Sombra Mezcal at NYC’s Charlie Bird restaurant from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Following the reception, Food Tank, in partnership with The Fink Family Foundation and Blue Hill Restaurant, will be hosting a special dinner discussion (SOLD OUT) with leading thinkers such as Ruth Reichl, Sam Kass, David Barber, and Dan Barber around solutions to food waste. The evening will feature a special menu inspired by Chef Dan Barber’s wastED initiative, a pop-up devoted to the theme of re-using foods that would otherwise be wasted.
The following day on Thursday, September 14, 2017, Food Tank will be organizing a free public awareness event to benefit the environmental nonprofit GrowNYC, featuring speakers to educate around food waste and showcasing its new dance workout fitness experience called Garjana at Washington Square Park (12:00 to 1:30pm).
Garjana is led by a team of Broadway performers, featuring choreography from Mamma Mia’s Monica Kapoor and debuting all-original music from Douglas Romanow, whose credits include Justin Bieber, Tyga, and hundreds more. Garjana has been selling out major venues across New York and getting rave reviews from outlets ranging from Billboard, Time Out, Edible Magazine, and more. Garjana was conceived by Food Tank Board Chairman Bernard Pollack with visuals and video by award-winning film and television director Kevin Arbouet. Speakers include Green Bronx Machine’s Stephen Ritz, Slow Food USA’s Richard McCarthy, Harlem Grown’s Tony Hillary, Edible Magazine’s Brian Halweil, and more.
With its Garjana experience on September 14, Food Tank is partnering with more than three dozen organizations including: AmpleHarvest.org, Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater, Arthur Murray NYC Broadway, Body Conceptions by Mahri, Bollywood Funk NYC, Broadway Bodies, Change Food, Cultured Movement, City Harvest, Dance Cardio Plus, Dancewave, Divine Rhythm Productions, Dance in Tribeca, KS JAMM Dance Troupe, Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan, Edible Bronx, Global Green USA, Fit4Dance, Food Future Co, Food Recovery Network, NYC Food Policy Center, Global Green USA, Green Bronx Machine, GrowNYC, James Beard Foundation, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine NYC, M Dance & Fitness, NYC Foodscape, Rise & Root Farm, Sarika Dance Fitness, Slow Food USA, Teens for Food Justice, and more.
Since 2015, Food Tank has convened more than 275 speakers in front of more than 2,500 in-person attendees (all of our Summits have sold out!). More than 175,000 livestream viewers have tuned in from countries around the globe, representing six continents. Major food journalists from The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Hill, Politico, National Geographic, and more have served as panel moderators. Food Tank Summits feature major partnerships with universities including George Washington University, Tufts University, the University of Chicago, University of California-Davis, and many more. In 2018, we will continue to bring Food Tank Summits to existing and new cities including Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, New York City, New Orleans, and more.
The entire NYC Food Tank Summit can also be viewed remotely FREE via Facebook Live and live on FoodTank.com. Additionally, Food Tank will be featuring backstage interviews with speakers all day using Instagram Live and Periscope/Twitter Live. After the event, all videos will be immediately archived on Food Tank’s YouTube Channel.
Great Performances, a NYC-based catering and events company engaged in the principles of sustainability and food justice, is graciously donating the breakfast and lunch receptions for all attendees. The menus will reflect the company’s commitment to the reduction of food waste and the creative application of full-food utilization. Food and beverage donations will also come from Niman Ranch, Juice Press, Harmless Harvest, Brooklyn Roasting Co., and GT’s Kombucha.
Through a national partnership, many Food Recovery Network and Oxfam America organizations and chapters on more than 100 campuses nationwide will be participating in Food Tank Summit watch parties live. Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement fighting hunger and food waste in the country. Oxfam America is a global movement of people working to end the injustice of poverty.
The Summit will be co-hosted by ReFED, the leading national organization dedicated to reducing U.S. food waste. In 2016, ReFED published the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, a landmark report that presented cost-effective solutions capable of cutting food waste by 20 percent while conserving natural resources, creating jobs, feeding the hungry, and generating $100 billion in economic value. ReFED now collaborates with businesses, nonprofits, and government to implement these solutions.
The Summit is also supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, which has committed $130 million through their YieldWise initiative to work with private, public, and nonprofit actors across the food supply system to cut their food loss and waste by half. Support from The Fink Family Foundation has also made this event possible.
ABOUT FOOD TANK
Food Tank is a nonprofit building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We aim to educate, inspire, advocate, and create change. We spotlight and support environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.
ReFED is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit, powered by a network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste. ReFED takes a data-driven approach to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve our national food waste problem.
ABOUT THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION
For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot—or will not. To learn more, please visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org.
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