The 2nd Annual NYC Food Tank Summit (SOLD OUT) aims to find high-impact solutions to food waste. Dan Barber, Dickie Brennan, J.J. Johnson, Tim Ma, Marion Nestle, Questlove, Roy Steiner, Rhea Suh, Ben Tinker, Haile Thomas, & more among all-star lineup on October 3.

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Food Tank, New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED), Natural Resources Defense Council, the Fink Family Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation are excited to announce the second annual NYC Food Tank Summit on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (9:00AM-5:00PM) focused on food loss and food waste, at New York University School of Law (Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square S, New York, NY). Tickets are completely sold out with a large waiting list. More details are available at:
Globally, at least one-third of all food produced is wasted, from field to table. The NYC Food Tank Summit examines how we can scale out solutions already working to prevent loss and waste by bringing together the world’s thought leaders including funders, academics, food businesses, celebrity chefs, farmers, food journalists, researchers, activists, and more.
“There is more urgency to prevent food loss than ever before” says Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank. “The time is now to urge businesses, policy makers, governments and all of us eaters to make changes in how we produce, buy and consume food.”

The 2018 speakers and moderators include:
Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Jane Ambuko, University of Nairobi
Elizabeth Balkan, Natural Resources Defense Council
Dan Barber, Blue Hill
Dickie Brennan, Dickie Brennan & Company
Marco Canora, Brodo
Chris Cochran, ReFED
Gabriele Corcos, Extra Virgin
Homa Dashtaki, White Moustache Yogurt
Sheryll Durrant, International Rescue Committee
Rafael Flor, YieldWise/The Rockefeller Foundation
Joe Folds, Pacific Foods
Tobias Grasso, Sealed Air
Marie Haga, Global Crop Diversity Trust
Karen Hanner, Feeding America
J.J. Johnson, InGrained Hospitality Concepts
Robert Lee, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
Tim Ma, Kyirisan
Bonnie McClafferty, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Katherine Miller, James Beard Foundation
Elizabeth Mitcham, University of California, Davis
Julia Moskin, New York Times
Brad Nelson, Marriott International
Marion Nestle, NYU Steinhardt
Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank
Sandy Nurse, BK ROT
Dadisi Olutosin, Plated Food Groupe, LLC
Charles Passy, The Wall Street Journal
Tobias Peggs, Square Roots
Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council
Chloe Sorvino, Forbes
Dr. Roy Steiner, Rockfeller Foundation
Ben Tinker, CNN
Haile Thomas, HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth)
Caity Moseman Wadler, Heritage Radio Network
Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine
Oxfam America and Food Recovery Network are organizing dozens of campus watch parties nationwide. The event’s live-stream partners have a total following of more than 100 million on social media, and last year’s event drew 91,000 watching free via live stream from 181 countries. Event 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.

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About Food Tank
Food Tank, one of the fastest growing non-profits worldwide in the food space, is 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.

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit

About the Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission—unchanged since 1913—is 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.

About Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center
The Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center develops intersectoral, innovative and evidence-based solutions to preventing diet-related diseases and promoting food security in New York and other cities. The Center works with policy makers, community organizations, advocates and the public to create healthier, more sustainable food environments and to use food to promote community and economic development. Through interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, evaluation and education, we leverage the expertise and passion of the students, faculty and staff of Hunter College. The Center aims to make New York City a model for smart, fair food policy.

About the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 600 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

About ReFED
ReFED is an entrepreneurial nonprofit that works with decision-makers from across the food system to reduce the $218 billion of food waste in the United States. ReFED works with businesses, investors, innovators, and policymakers to accelerate solutions, envisioning a future where combating food waste is a core driver of business profits, job creation, hunger relief, and environmental protection. For more about ReFED’s work, visit

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