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Florida Food Forum - November's Topic:
Food Waste & Food Banks: An Evolving Strategy
Join us from 12-1pm on Friday, November 15th, for the Florida Food Forum on "Food Waste & Food Banks: An Evolving Strategy." Guest presenter David Vaina will be sharing his experience and knowledge about this important topic. Following the presentation will be a discussion and Q&A session.
Topic Summary: Food banks have a long history in collective efforts to reduce food waste in the US, though this was largely limited to their partnerships with the retail industry. But there’s been a significant expansion in how and where food banks are doing this work. This month’s presentation, titled “Food Waste & Food Banks: An Evolving Strategy”, will broadly cover the ways food banks are working to address food waste and include an in-depth profile of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s production kitchen which serves as the organization’s fulcrum for reducing food waste in our region.
Bio: David Vaina is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Treasure Coast Food Bank. As such, he leads the organization’s workforce development, client services, social equity initiatives, data analytics, and evaluation initiatives. Before returning to Treasure Coast Food Bank in November 2019, he was the statewide Education & Outreach Director for the Gainesville-based Florida Organic Growers and taught organic gardening at Santa Fe College. For many years now, he has written and presented on local food systems, organic farming and gardening, GMOs, and fermentation.
Disclaimer: The views of the presenters do not represent the views of the Florida Food Policy Council. We are a forum for the offering and sharing of information and encourage diversity and communication within the food system.