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Empowering Eaters: Access, Affordability, and Healthy Choices

August 2, 2023 @ 9:30 am-5:30 pm


As the Biden-Harris Administration continues to advance its National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, Food Tank, in partnership with Farmers Fridge and the UNGC Local Network Initiative on Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems are hosting a Summit to support the Strategy’s implementation, specifically to empower eaters through access, affordability and healthy choices.

The White House and Food Tank will focus on Pillar 1 (Improving Food Access and Affordability) and Pillar 3 (Empowering All Consumers to Make and Have Access to Healthy Choices).

How to attend:

Livestream: Click the “Get tickets” button on this Eventbrite page. You can also catch the livestream by heading directly to Food Tank’s YouTube page HERE.

In-Person (Complimentary by Invitation Only): If you have been invited to attend the Summit in person please input the promotion code here to unlock your ticket. Complimentary lunch, coffee/snacks, and a fantastic reception will be offered. If you would like to be considered for an invitation, please email Kenzie at

View the entire agenda by clicking HERE. Link to the livesteam HERE.

Remarks from (updated daily, in alphabetical order):

Liz Abunaw, Owner and Operator, Forty Acres Fresh Market

Sam Acho, ESPN Sports Analyst, NFL Veteran, Author

Erika Allen, Co-Founder and CEO of Operations, Urban Growers Collective

Caitlin Arens, Food Education Fellowship Director, Pilot Light

Weslynne Ashton, PhD, Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Rick Bayless, Chef, Frontera Restaurants and Recipes

Kelliann Blazek, Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture and Rural Policy, The White House

Daniel Block, PhD, Department Chair of Geography, Sociology, History, Africana Studies & Anthropology, Chicago State University

Dondeena Bradley, VP, Health & Wellness Strategy & Innovation, Mars

Jaz Brisack, Starbucks Workers United

U.S. Congressperson Nikki Budzinski (Recorded Remarks)

U.S. Congressperson Sean Casten (Recorded Remarks)

Laura Carroll, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Brett Chase, Environmental Journalist, Chicago Sun-Times

Ariel Cheung, Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Geeta Maker-Clark, MD, Director of Integrative Nutrition and Advocacy, NorthShore University Health System

Jahmal Cole, CEO and Founder, My Block My Hood My City

Rodger Cooley, Executive Director, Chicago Food Policy Action Council

Ertharin Cousin, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Dion Dawson, Dion’s Chicago Dream

Dayanny De La Cruz, Vice President of Culinary, Levy Restaurants

United States Senator Dick Durbin

Monica Eng, Axios

Ruby Ferguson, Senior Director, Strategic Relationships and Community Planning, Greater Chicago Food Depository

Jessica Walks First, Executive Chef, Ketapanen Kitchen

Samia Hamdan, Midwest Child Nutrition Director, United States Department of Agriculture

U.S. Congressperson Robin Kelly (Recorded Remarks)

U.S. Congressperson Raja Krishnamoorthi (Recorded Remarks)

Michelle French, Director of Global Sustainability Programs, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

U.S. Congressperson Chuy García (Recorded Remarks)

Mayor Cavalier Johnson, City of Milwaukee

Mark Kaplan, Envisible

U.S. Congressperson Robin Kelly (Recorded Remarks)

Haven Leeming, Senior Program Officer, Builders Vision

Saria Lofton, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago

Catherine Oakar, Special Assistant to the President for Community Public Health and Disparities, The White House

Claire Marcy, Interim Executive Director, Healthy Schools Campaign

Megan Marshall, Editor, Edible Chicago

Erin Meyer, MSFS, RD, Clinical Associate, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and Founder & President, Basil’s Harvest

Will McIntee, Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, The White House

Hope Michelson, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Knut Moestue, Director Sustainable Food Systems, UN Global Compact Norway

Natalie Moore, Journalist, WBEZ-NPR

Dr. David Nayak, Farmer, Nayak Farms

Jesse Newman, Journalist, Wall Street Journal

Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

U.S. Congressperson Mike Quigley (Recorded Remarks)

U.S. Congressperson Delia Ramirez (Recorded Remarks)

Tanya Rodriguez, Cultural Anthropologist, Hormel Foods

Luke Saunders, Founder and CEO, Farmer’s Fridge

U.S. Congressperson Brad Schneider (Recorded Remarks)

U.S Congressperson Jan Schakowsky (Recorded Remarks)

Jim Slama, Managing Director, Naturally Chicago

Liz Moran Stelk, Executive Director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Lisa Tallman, Executive Director, Community Food Navigator

Lynn Yu, The Kraft Heinz Company


Location: Farmer’s Fridge. 2000 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612. (Only street parking is available on-site. Please arrange accordingly)


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2000 West Fulton Street
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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