September 11, 2019

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Memorial Hall

1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati OH 45202

This regional event will be a critical step forward in understanding the progress
we have made on reducing wasted food and in identifying future needs. 

Registration is now open

Early Bird ($35) extended until 8/25
$50 after 8/25; registration closes 9/8

A limited number of scholarships are available for those with limited incomes.
Please contact for more information. 

Thank you to our organizing partners:


Green Umbrella's food waste work over the last two years ha been made possible by Partners for Places – a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities -- with matching support from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Haile Foundation and Interact for Health.

Premier Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Objectives of the day:

1. To showcase strategies for reducing food waste that are being implemented in Cincinnati in order to encourage broader adoption 

2. Identify strategic priorities for collaborating on eliminating wasted food in our region.

The day is organized into three main components. An opening plenary that will orient all attendees to where the Greater Cincinnati Region stands in addressing food waste relative to the national movement; break out sessions on measuring, preventing, recovering, and recycling food waste which will involve brief presentations from local experts successes and challenges in addressing institutional and consumer food waste in our region; and final plenary session that will harvest the conversations of the break out sessions to create a road map for the next two to three years of work. The break out sessions will include ample time for facilitated audience and panel discussion of how strategic collaborations among those present could overcome barriers that have been encountered in addressing wasted food. 


8:00 Doors open
Registration, coffee available in Green Room


  • Welcome, Michaela Oldfield, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council
  • Overview of SW Ohio’s Food Waste History - Michelle Balz, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District
  • SWACO accomplishments


Breakout A: The challenges facing retailers and shoppers

  • Kroger’s journey to seeing the waste, Kari Armbruster, Kroger
  • Lessons learned from local efforts to raise consumer awareness, Jenny Lohmann, Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District

Breakout B: Weighing the waste in food service

  • Lean Path: lessons back of house and in trying to educate cafeteria customers, Kevin Morris, Aramark
  • Smart Kitchens: Challenges and Successes in Sustainability at Hospitals, Katie Schneider, Tri Health

Breakout C: Food Waste 101

  • ReFED – update/deep dive (TBD)
  • WWF/Rockefeller tools for measuring waste (TBD)

10:00 Break


Breakout A: Retail level solutions to preventing food waste

  • Lobbying for policy change on date labels and other issues, Julia Hilty, OSU
  • Packaging innovations (TBD)

Breakout B: Professional chefs: their knowledge base and strategies for going beyond the basics

  • Prevention training as cost-effective business management, Lily Burdsall, Jeff Ruby Entertainment
  • Running a zero waste food business: successes and challenges, Austin Hietpas. Madtree Brewing (invited)

Breakout C: Addressing Food Waste at Schools

  • K-12 Curriculum opportunities for students to learn about and become champions for preventing food waste, Angela Rivera, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District
  • Smarter lunch rooms, Rosie Allen, University of Kentucky
  • Student driven food waste prevention – lessons from CHCA’s students, Stephen Carter and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy students)

11:30 Lunch


Breakout A: Retail Recovery: Minimizing waste, minimizing hunger

  • Feeding America Food Recovery Partnerships, Michael Truitt, Freestore Foodbank
  • Soup Kitchen Summit - improving food utilization in CBD/OTR, Georginne Getty, Our Daily Bread
  • Teaching “Free style” cooking to use what’s available, Kristen St. Claire, La Soupe

Breakout B: Real Time Food Rescue

  • The Jack Food Rescue and La Soupe, Charlie Gerhardt, La Soupe
  • K-12 School Share Tables, Susan Jorgensen, Green Umbrella
  • Food recovery at Universities, Mike Fackler, OSU (invited)

Breakout C: Creating markets for excess food

  • Managing logistics and perceptions, Jeffrey Miller, Fourth Harvest
  • Mad House Vinegers, Justin Dean or Richard Stewart
  • Ross HS students - what they’ve accomplished

1:30 Break


Breakout A: Why don’t we have an Anaerobic Digestor?

  • Hamilton County Recyling, Michelle Balz
  • OH EPA, Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez
  • Lessons learned from Compost Cincy, Larry Falkin

Breakout B: Technological tools and challenges for institutions to divert from landfill

  • Challenges of dehydrators, Ed Devoid, Xavier Food Service
  • Composting Vessels, Andrew  Pytlik, Findlay Market (invited)
  • GoZero food hauling, David Andres, Go Zero

Breakout C (Studio) Community and soil building compost

  • Municipal led composting initiatives in Wyoming, OH, Sara Stankorb, Wyoming City Council
  • Oxford Community composting, Chantel Raghu, Oxford City Council (invited)
  • Neighbor to Neighbor composting, Katie Anderson (invited)

2:25 Break


4:00 End

Become a Sponsor:

We offer a number of sponsor opportunities for the Forum. By participating in this event, you will reach a dynamic collection of individuals committed to improving health outcomes and reducing diet related diseases. 

All sponsors will be featured on display boards around the conference throughout the day as well as in the Summit’s printed program booklet. Benefits include social media exposure, printed articles, news releases, advertisements, logo on print materials and more.  

Click here to download the sponsorship package. Or, contact the GCRFPC Director, Michaela Oldfield, to discuss how you would like to sponsor the event and be recognized. 


On November 4, 2016, Green Umbrella, along with the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and SustainabilityHamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District and Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University convened the first ever regional meeting concerning food waste. The forum brought together over 150 stakeholders from across the food system for a strategic conversation on how to prevent, recover, and recycle wasted food in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Out of that forum came the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Waste Action Plan, which provided a roadmap for stakeholders to collaborate on preventing, recovering and recycling wasted food in the region. Since then, numerous initiatives have emerged locally and nationally to address this ongoing problem. 

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