Live Zoom webinar panel session (see conference website for Zoom link)
In the U.S., more than 70 billion pounds of food go uneaten each year, “all while more than 40 million Americans go hungry” (Shea, 2018). Yet as food is wasted, the recent effects of COVID-19 have doubled the number of people considered food insecure (Schanzenback and Pits, 2020). Food pantries deal with unprecedented challenges of increased demand, volunteer shortages, reduced donations and backlogged supply chains. From growers to consumers, Americans face a turning point that is reshaping the future of food. How can America address the hunger divide? What policies will have the largest effect in reducing waste and saving resources for the next generation? What actions are necessary to ensure that no Americans face food insecurity?