Letter from the Director: Food Innovation & Food Insecurity at FTI15

Jeff and I have just returned from the 2015 Farm to Table Conference in New Orleans where we had the privilege of hosting one of the breakout sessions in Food Innovation.

It was truly exciting to be surrounded by so many innovative, creative people passionate about making a difference in the food industry and even more importantly, doing it through the food industry. The opening plenary session was a great way to start in connecting us all to the importance of encouraging people to be in tactile contact with food and all of the important effects of that on our communities.  This idea really resonated with us since, many food runners have reported feeling more deeply connected to their communities after rescuing food and delivering it to receiving agencies for distribution to food insecure families. For us it’s always been about “this food here” feeding “these people here” so this opening talk really supported what our experience has been.

I want to thank each and every one of you for fueling the food rescue revolution in your own communities; this weekend showed us that we are on the right track to ending hunger in this country, one community at a time.

Kevin Mullins

Executive Director
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Photo: c/o Sunny Young ‏@sunnyspeaksfood of Keynote Speaker Temple Grandin