First Major Bipartisan Food Policy Summit Post-Inauguration

Announcing Third Annual D.C. Food Tank Summit Speaker Lineup

Food Tank & The George Washington University

February 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 12/21/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Food Tank (, in partnership with The George Washington University, will hold a one-day summit entitled “Let’s Build Better Food Policy,” Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 9AM to 5PM EST. The summit will take place in the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University.

Please direct inquiries to Food Tank Media Outreach Associate, Thomas Moes, at A limited number of press passes are available.

The event will bring together 35+ expert speakers who are among the top leaders across all sectors of the food industry, including business, government, and elected officials, policymakers, nonprofit groups, farmers, unions, chefs, and more. Interactive panel topics include Creating Resiliency in the Food and Agriculture System, Global Food Security and Change, Local and Regional Food Systems, and Future of the Farm Bill. Expert journalists and food advocates will moderate each panel.

Confirmed speakers include (in alphabetical order—more to be announced soon): Chuck Abbott, Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN); Chef José Andrés, ThinkFoodGroup; Allison Aubrey, NPR; Eliza Barclay,; Tim Carman, Washington Post; Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Matt Herrick, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU); Kathleen Merrigan, The George Washington University; Gerald Nelson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank; Marc Oshima, AeroFarms; Kip Tom, Tom Farms; Eric Trachtenberg, McLarty Associates; Ambassador Darci Vetter, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; and Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security.

The entire event will be broadcast on a free livestream at There will be backstage interviews on Facebook Live at More than 15,000 people from around the world streamed the last Food Tank Summit in Chicago, while there were one million organic views on Facebook Live.

Following the Summit, all attendees are invited to a reception hosted by Restaurant Nora (America’s First Certified Organic Restaurant). The Food Tank Summit dinner will feature a three-course plated dinner prepared by Restaurant Nora’s founder, Nora Pouillon. For more information, including ticket purchase options to the Summit, reception, or dinner, please click here:

WHO:      35+ experts and top leaders across all sectors of the food industry

WHAT:    One-day summit hosted by Food Tank and The George Washington University

WHEN:    Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 9AM to 5PM EST. For more information:

WHERE:   Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

Last year’s D.C. Food Tank Summit brought together 70+ speakers for a completely sold-out event (400 in-person attendees) from more than 25 states. There were more than 30,100 livestream participants from more than 125 countries. This year, Food Tank will hold inaugural summits in Boston and L.A., while expanding globally in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The final 2017 summit will be held Chicago, IL.

About Food Tank

Food Tank ( is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty. Food Tank creates networks of people, organizations, and content that push for food system change.

About The George Washington University

Founded in 1821 through an Act of Congress, the University has fulfilled George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. The George Washington University attracts a wide range of students, faculty, and staff from around the world with a wealth of viewpoints, perspectives, values, and experiences. GW responds to the growing needs of the community through the use of their D.C. location, diversity, and accomplished expertise and ability to advance research to support a forward movement.

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Company Name: Food Tank
Contact Person: Tom Moes
Phone: 3128003913
Country: United States