Action-packed convening for multi-sector leaders and advocates committed to food waste and hunger in San Diego County. 
Event Contact: Barbara Hamilton ( 

We believe in retiring the word "waste" when it comes to food because all resources are valuable. Join us in this year's Summit to:

  • Discuss promising solutions and high-impact opportunities
  • Hear national trends and align San Diego's actions
  • Network and collaborate across sectors
  • Strategize to advance policies and actions forward in San Diego
  • Share resources and best practices to address food waste now 

Food Waste Solution Summit Programs: 
Food Waste Solution Summit III 2017

Food Waste Solution Summit I 2015
Food Waste Solution Summit II 2016

Plan for the Day (presentations now available)

AM: Food Rescue Capacity-Building Workshop  8am-12pm (free workshop for feeding agencies) go here for details and presentations from this workshop
PM: Food Waste Solution Summit III  12-7pm (for everyone interested): registration link available on this website)




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Anti-Hunger Program & Advocacy

International Community Foundation

Leah’s Pantry

Outside the Bowl

Produce Good

San Diego Food Bank

San Diego Hunger Coalition

Sierra Events and Business Coaching


Think Dignity

Environmental Program & Advocacy

Californians Against Waste

Center for EcoTechnology

Hidden Resources

Olive wood Gardens and Learning Center

Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County

San Diego350

San Diego Sustainable Living Institute

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

Victory Gardens San Diego

Farms/ farmer support groups

American AgCredit

Gayanah’s Farm

San Diego County Farm Bureau

Urban Plantations

Food or Beverage Manufacturing

Misadventure & Co.

Pulp Pantry

Santa Monica Seafood

You and Yours Distilling Co.

World Centric

Food Recovery, Donation & Meal Service Programs

Coastal Roots Farm

Corona Enterprises

Harvest CROPS



San Diego Rescue Mission

Solutions for Urban Agriculture

Food Systems and Food Waste Entrepreneurs

Centro de Composteo Urbano

Community Health Improvement Partners

Save Good Food

Sharp Healthcare

Local Government

City of Carlsbad

City of Chula Vista

City of Fort Lauderdale

City of Oceanside

City of Poway

County of San Diego

County of San Diego, Agriculture, Weights and Measures

County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency

County of San Diego, Land Use and Environment Group Executive Office

County of San Diego, Public Works

Port of San Diego

San Diego International Airport

State Government (or others) 

American Red Cross WIC Program


CalRecycle, Statewide Technical and Analytical Resources

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Universities and Colleges

Cal State San Marcos

Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego State University

University of California Cooperative Extension

University of California San Diego

Food Waste Innovators


More about the Summit

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food is thrown away somewhere between farm to fork, equating to a $165 billion loss each year for the US in resources including energy, land and water. In San Diego County, almost 500,000 tons of food waste is landfilled annually, where it decomposes and creates methane.  According to the EPA, methane’s impact on climate change is 25 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. The Environmental Defense Fund estimates that 25 percent of the manmade global warming we’re experience today is caused by methane emissions. 

In addition to the economic and environmental impacts of wasted food, there are impacts to people.  One in seven San Diegans, or about 500,000 people annually, don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  This food system challenge also provides a unique opportunity. The San Diego Food System Alliance estimates that it would only take about 10 percent of the half a million tons of food going into landfill each year to support the half a million food insecure individuals in San Diego County.  It takes committed leaders, thousands of silver bullets, innovative public policies, and multi-sector collaboration to resolve these challenges.

Our first "Food Waste Solution Summit" held last October convenened 130 leaders from different sectors to collectively address the issue of food waste and hunger in our county. What resulted was a heightened level of awareness on the issue, recognition of best practices, and collaborative projects across sectors. We received significant media attention of the Summit including KPBS Evening Edition/ Mid Day EditionSan Diego ReaderCBS 8, and CW6. After the convening, the San Diego Food System Alliance formalized the Food Recovery Working Group to promote resources, catalyze actions, and inform policies that address the recovery of food resources for people, animals, and soil.  

This year's Food Waste Solution Summit III will be an opportunity for us to check-in on how we are doing to meet the state mandate on organics recycling, AB1826, which began implementation last April. We aim to further catalyze policies and programs in San Diego County to create significant shifts in how we address food waste. 



Venue Map

Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114