The impact of food waste is undeniable. Here in the US alone, more than 72B pounds of food is wasted, not including food wasted in the home, and this is in a country where more than 36 million people are food insecure. When you look at the global impact, more than 1/3 of the food produced isn’t consumed. This food loss is valued at $1 trillion, and weighs 1.3 billion tonnes. If food waste were a country it would be the 3rd largest emitter (after US and China). Please join the conversation, where we’ll discuss innovative ways organizations around the globe are ensuring food is used for its highest and best purpose, to feed those in need, as well as barriers to accelerating this important work.
Halley Aldeen, Director of Impact Assessment and Research at the Global FoodBanking Network
Halley is a hunger-relief veteran, having spent her entire career in the field. A seasoned research professional, Halley previously worked Feeding America, Feed The Children, The Houston Food Bank, The Congressional Hunger Center and a consulting firm specializing in outcomes measurement and policy advocacy for nonprofits, corporations, and foundations active in humanitarian assistance. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
About Global FoodBanking Network: The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is an international non-profit organization that nourishes the world’s hungry through uniting and advancing food banks in more than 30 countries. GFN focuses on combating hunger and preventing food waste by providing expertise, directing resources, sharing knowledge and developing connections that increase efficiency, ensure food safety and reach more people facing hunger. Last year, 943 GFN member food banks rescued over 500 million kilograms of food and grocery product and redirected it to feed 9.6 million people through a network of more than 55,000 social service and community-based organizations. For more information please visit www.foodbanking.org.
Liz Baldridge, Director of Sustainability and Food Waste Initiatives at Feeding America
About Feeding America: Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org
Sarah Lewis, Senior Director, Innovation - The Sustainability Consortium
Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is passionate about identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, an author on topics related to ecological integrity and improving supply chain sustainability, and she is Senior Director of Innovation with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Her work with TSC focuses on organizational strategy, program development, facilitation, business recruitment, and project implementation. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics, a Master of Arts in French, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education. An award-winning educator, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor, having taught Environmental Sociology and serving on graduate student committees. She is an active and recognized leader in her community. She currently serves as a board member of the Walton Arts Center, is a former board member of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, and served a 4-year term as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council. Finally, she is the mom of a beautiful little boy who inspires her every day.
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