Food Tank Summit 2018


Food Tank, in collaboration with Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, hosted the inaugural Seattle Food Tank Summit on Saturday, March 17, 2018. More than 350 attendees and over three dozen different speakers including policy-makers, business people, researchers, farmers, chefs, government officials, and students gathered for a day of conversations on the topic of “Growing Food Policy.” 

About Food Tank

Food Tank is a global non-profit that focuses on building a community for healthy eaters. It provides a platform for conversations on environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. Learn more about the 2018 Seattle summit here.

Food Summit Highlights

  • Nearly 500 attendees joined us in-person for the event, a completely sold-out crowd! On and Food Tank’s Facebook page, an additional 78,000 viewers joined us from all over the world (from 110 countries!) for the free livestream. Additionally, Food Recovery Network held Summit watch parties across the United States.
  • The Food Tank Summit in Seattle was a carbon neutral event made possible through Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture Program. All Food Tank Summits are Food Recovery Verified. Surplus food from the Summits is donated, not landfilled.
  • We were so pleased to have hosted more than 35 speakers for incredible discussions. You can catch a replay of the entire day on Food Tank's YouTube channel and browse photos here. Please feel free to share and reuse any of the content.

Food Summit Program

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  • Ashley Ahearn, Environmental Reporter, KUOW Seattle
  • Lynsi Burton, Reporter, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Bethany Clement, Food Writer, Seattle Times
  • Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Programs at City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group (EWG)
  • BJ Cummings, Executive Director, Sustainable Seattle
  • Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services, Portland Public Schools
  • Renee Erickson, Author, Chef, and Owner, Sea Creatures
  • Ernesto Fonseca, CEO, Hacienda Community Development Corporation
  • Mark Freeman, Senior Manager of Global Dining Services, Microsoft
  • Ben Friedman, Cofounder, homegrown
  • Chip Giller, Founder, Grist
  • Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director, Community to Community Development
  • Katie Herzog, staff writer, The Stranger
  • Stephen Jones, Director, The Bread Lab, Washington State University
  • Sharon Lerman, Food Policy Advisor, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment
  • Mike Lufkin, Local Food Economy Manager, King County Government
  • Mark Musick, former Communications Coordinator, King Conservation District
  • Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank
  • Amanda Oborne, Vice President, Food & Farms, Ecotrust
  • John Piotti, President, American Farmland Trust
  • Kristen Rainey, Global Food Program, Google
  • Anne Schwartz, Owner and Farmer, Blue Heron Farm
  • Nicole Sprinkle, Writer and Restaurant Critic, Seattle Weekly
  • Vicki Wilde, Senior Program Officer, Global Development, Agricultural Development and Gender, ‎Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation