Politics of Food Summit

November 01, 2018  
Baruch College
55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
9:00AM - 3:30PM
Nutrition, Sustainability and Food Technology in New York
Event Description

City & State and partners will convene leaders in government, public policy, and industry, to discuss all forms of food programs, sustainability and policy issues in New York. The 2018 Politics of Food conference will bring together over 250 policy makers, innovators and leaders from diverse fields to tackle the most important policy, management and leadership issues affecting New York's food policy efforts and program. If you are in the food, restaurant or nutrition industry in New York this is a must-attend event.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
State Senator Luis Sepúlveda
State Senator Liz Krueger
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal
Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal
Councilman Ben Kallos
Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr.
CM Donovan Richards
Councilman Donovan Richards
Gale Brewer
Gale A. Brewer
Manhattan Borough President
Steven Banks
Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration
Lorelei Salas
Commissioner, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
Caryn Resnick
Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging
Sarah McNeill Barton
Director of Program Development, NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets
Bridget Anderson
Deputy Commissioner, Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Dept. of Sanitation
Rachel Sabella
Director, No Kid Hungry New York
Robin Vitale
Vice President for Health Strategies, American Heart Association
Gregory J. Morris
President, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center Inc.
Challey Comer
Senior Vice President, Capalino+Company
Assemblywoman Jo Ann Simon
Mike Durant
President and CEO, Food Industry Alliance of New York State, Inc.
Charles Platkin
Executive Director, Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center
Beth Shapiro
Executive Director, Citymeals on Wheels

Registration & Networking Breakfast


1-on-1 with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City & State’s Jeff Coltin

Inspired by his own health scare, Eric Adams has led the charge inspiring people to eat and live more healthy lives.  This discussion will talk about redirecting public health spending in prevention and treatment to lifestyle changes to include plant based diets and other nutritional options, physical activity and overall healthy living.


Innovative Policies to Combat Hunger & Obesity

Experts discuss the benefits and challenges in addressing nutrition related issues to people with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc. Food benefit programs such as SNAP (Food Stamps), WIC, and school food provide a safety net against poverty, allowing families to feed their children, obtain healthier food, afford housing, and prevent health problems but are they in jeopardy of survival under Trump’s administration?

  • Gregory Morris, President and Executive Director, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc. (moderator)
  • Steven Banks, Commissioner, New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services
  • Caryn Resnick, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging
  • Council Member Ben Kallos, Author, the School Food Accountability Bill
  • Senator Luis Sepulveda, Sponsor, New York State Physical Fitness and Activity Education Campaign
  • Rachel Sabella, Director, No Kid Hungry New York
  • Robin Vitale, Vice President of Health Strategies, American Heart Association

Justice for New York’s Food Workers

There are more than 75,000 workers employed in the food industry in New York. Food workers are at the head of the movement to protect low-wage workers and their communities from the rise of anti-worker and anti-immigrant policies. This panel will highlight food worker-driven organizing for social, economic, racial and gender justice including campaigns for better wages and working conditions and will discuss their efforts, and how others can get involved!

  • Rebecca Lewis, Editorial Assistant, City & State (Moderator)
  • Lorelei Salas, Commissioner, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Council Member Donovan Richards, Member, Progressive Caucus

Lunch & Awards Honoring:

  • Michael Durant, President and CEO, Food Industry Alliance of New York State, Inc.
  • Katy Franklin, Manager, Operations, ReFED
  • Charles Platkin, Executive Director, Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center

Food Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability

With rapidly growing urban populations, shrinking availability of agricultural land, a rise in demands for organic and sustainable products, and the need to respond to public health issues, the food sector faces unprecedented challenges. This panel focuses on technology, innovation and investment, and how issues like climate change, competition for natural resources, emissions in animal agriculture, waste reduction, and recycling all factor into the transforming dynamics of the food sector.

  • Challey Comer, Senior Vice President, Capalino+Company (moderator)
  • Sarah Barton, Director of Program Development, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Recycling & Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation
  • Councilmember Rafael L. Espinal Jr., Sponsor of Urban Agriculture Bill Package

Education and Food Policy

This panel will address the intersection between food policy and NYC public schools. It will delve into issues of access, school lunch, nutrition policy and education, food advertising, and more. As NYC serves as the largest and most diverse student population in the country it will be particularly relevant as food and nutrition become increasingly more important to the political landscape.

  • Lindsey Christ, Education Reporter, Spectrum News - NY1 (moderator)
  • Senator Liz Krueger, Sponsor of School Lunch Shaming Bill
  • Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal
  • Council Member Helen Rosenthal
  • Assemblywoman Jo Ann Simon

Sessions Conclude

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors