Food Waste Solutions Summit IV Sept 25th, 2018, 12:00 - 7:00pm

Kitchens for Good, 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114

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

Agenda (Presentations Available)

Registration and Lunch 11:30 - 12:30pm  

Welcome, Introductions and EMIES Awards 12:30-1:15

Big Ideas: Culture Change, Consumer behavior and expectations 1:15-2:30pm

Resource Fair and Waste-free Cooking Demos 2:30 - 2:55pm

USCD Food Recovery Network and SDFSA - Making of the Mandala Video

Deep Dives for San Diego County 3:00 - 4:15pm

  • Session A - Social Innovation & Partnership - Alex Coari, ReFED, moderator

    • Community Engagement/Engaging Volunteers - Nita Kurmins Gilson & Alex White (ProduceGood), Eric Swenson (Volunteer), Sasha Escue (Jewish Family Services)

    • Social Enterprise Model for Job Creation - Aviva Paley & Executive Chef Steven Kiefer (Kitchens for Good), Hammer Jones (Lead Cook for Youth Meals Program and Class 3 Graduate), Allen Langdale (Wesley Community Services)

    • Innovation in Food Redistribution HUBs - Angie Kretschmar & Angela Woodward (Heaven’s Windows), Karen Clay (Senior Gleaners), Vanessa Moore (San Diego Food Bank), Maritza Davila-Nash (San Martin De Porres STEP Center)

    • SDFSA Smart Kitchens San Diego - Public Private Partnership & Technology - Geertje Grootenhuis (SDFSA), Michael Robb (LeanPath) Chef Pierre Albaladejo (Park Hyatt Aviara), Mary Nielsen (The Foundry)

    • Local Chefs & Community Reach - Lane Kiefaber (Red to Black Consulting), Chef Bill Bracken (Bracken’s Kitchen), Brette Waters (Chefs to End Hunger), Jeff Negri (Illumination Foundation)

  • Session B - Best Practices -Martine Boswell, CalRecycle, moderator

  • Session C - Healthy Food Recovery and Beyond - Adrienne Markworth, Leah’s Pantry, moderator

    • Enhanced Nutrition Education & Programming - Yanira Frias (Community Resource Center)

    • Alternative Food Distribution in Existing Programming - Angel Flores (Vista Community Clinic)

    • Engaging Youth at Risk in Job Training via Nutritious Food Recovery - Corey Ramsey (New Alternatives Inc.) and Jaqueline Hess (PATH)

    • Leveraging Lean Principles in creating Healthy University Villages - Sherlock Li (UCSD Triton Food Pantry) & Alicia Magallanes (UCSD The Hub Basic Needs Center)

    • Expanding Dignified Access for Farmers, Military and Seniors - Shae Gawlak (Fallbrook Food Pantry)

SDG&E Update 4:30-4:35

  • Arnold Garcia, Business Customer Outreach, SDG&E - Update

Live Well Proclamation 4:35-4:45

  • Nerea Urtasun, Office of County Supervisor Ron Roberts

Recap of Breakout Sessions 4:45 - 5:00

  • Alex Coari, ReFED, moderator

  • Martine Boswell, CalRecycle, moderator

  • Adrienne Markworth, Leah’s Pantry, moderator

Key Note Panel: Funding Food Waste Reduction and Donation 5:00 - 5:40pm

  • Domingo Vigil Food Donation Action Plan - County of San Diego

  • Kyle Pogue CalRecycle - State of CA funding - State of California

  • Brian Zumbano, VP of Development and Stewardship, San Diego Foundation

  • John Votava, Director of Corporate Affairs, Ralphs

Reception 5:45 - 7:00pm

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

About the Summit Series

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 October 2015 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 IV will be another great opportunity for us to check-in on how we are doing to meet the state mandate on organics recycling, AB1826, which began implementation April 2016. We aim to further catalyze policies and programs in San Diego County to create significant shifts in how we address food waste. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Our Summit and regional food waste initiatives are made possible through the generous support from an anonymous donor via The San Diego Foundation.

If your company is interested in aligning your brand with this event and receiving valuable exposure, please contact Shannon Pavell, Development and Communications Manager,

Venue Map

Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114