By Linda Kurtz, The Campus Kitchens Project
Registration for the 2015 Food Waste & Hunger Summit is now open!
For the second year in a row, The Campus Kitchens Project and Food Recovery Network are co-hosting the Food Waste & Hunger Summit, a two-day event that convenes student leaders who are pioneering solutions to the interrelated problems of food insecurity and food waste. This year, the Summit will be held at the University of Georgia from April 18-19, and registration is now open.
The Summit gives students a forum to learn from – and present as – experts in the fields of social justice, social enterprise, public health, non-profit management and related fields in addition to the opportunity to share best practices. Because we believe in “student-powered hunger relief,” we’re proud that about one third of our breakout sessions will be led by student leaders from The Campus Kitchens Project, Food Recovery Network chapters. These students, as well as nonprofit leaders and academics from across the country, will share best practices around a variety of hunger-related issues, including information on Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) and the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security.
Today, we’re thrilled to announce that this year’s featured keynote speaker is Doug Rauch. Doug is the former president of Trader Joe’s Company and current founder and president of Daily Table, an innovative retail concept designed to bring affordable nutrition to the food insecure in our cities by recovering the unsold, wholesome food from grocers, food service, growers and manufacturers to provide both ready-to-eat meals and basic groceries at prices that are less than junk food. Doug was also a recent Senior Fellow at Harvard University in their Advance Leadership Initiative, where he focused on the challenges of hunger and obesity and the environmental impact of wasted food.
We’ve always said we can’t end hunger with food – and we’ve always known we can’t do it alone, either. That’s why we join forces with groups like Universities Fighting World Hunger, and one of our favorite parts of the Summit is exploring new ways of collaborating with organizations dedicated to empowering students to solve hunger. Want to join us this year? We’re offering a limited number of travel scholarships for students to attend the Summit, and applications are due on February 28. Register for the Food Waste & Hunger Summit today and join the movement end hunger in our lifetime!