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Summit in Support of the Biden-Harris Administration National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

Sunday, April 14, 2024 | 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Emory Student Center, 605 Asbury Cir, Atlanta, GA 30322 Atlanta, Georgia

Food Summit 2024

“The Health and Wellbeing of Future Generations in Policy”

The Spelman Food Studies program has hosted an annual Food Justice Summit for five years. This year, they were asked to partner with Food Tank and Emory University to co-host a Food Summit in Atlanta on Sunday, April 14, 2024, to discuss access, affordability, healthier choices, and food as medicine in consultation with the White House Office of Public Engagement and the CDC Foundation.

Co-hosts: Emory University’s Office of Campus Life, Spelman College and Food Tank

Main Stage Program

1:30 p.m. | Welcome

  • Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank
  • Ravi Bellamkonda, Provost, Emory University
  • Dr. Pamela Scott-Johnson, Provost, Spelman College

Andre Dickens, Mayor, City of Atlanta (Video Remarks)

Opening Framing of the Day

  • Will McIntee, Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, The White House
  • Moderator: Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

Panel Conversation: Food as Medicine

  • Dr. Kimberly Jackson, Director of Food Studies, Spelman College
  • Karuna Rawal, Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, Nature’s Fynd
  • Tambra Raye Stevenson, Founder and CEO, Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture
  • Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Diversify Dietetics
  • Steven Jennings, Stakeholder Relations, Brand Lead, Health & Sustainability, Ahold Delhaize USA
  • Moderator: Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

Panel Conversation: Healthier School Food

  • Kelliann Blazek, Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture and Rural Policy, The White House
  • Alastair Pullen, Executive Director, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
  • Will Sellers, Executive Director, Wholesome Wave Georgia
  • Diane Harris, Senior Health Scientist and Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control
  • Lysa Ratliff, CEO, KABOOM!
  • Moderator: Rose Scott, Journalist and Host, NPR-Atlanta

Emory Student Best Practices Lightning Talk

  • Sabrina Li, Student, Emory University

Spelman Student Best Practices Lightning Talk

  • Love L. Lundy, Student, Spelman College

Panel Conversation: Food and Land Justice

  • Maurice Bailey, President and CEO, SOLO
  • Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Executive Director, Black Belt Justice Center and Co-Alchemist, Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund
  • Caree Cotwright, Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
  • Raphaela Polanco, Farmer and Owner, Atlanta Harvest
  • Moderator: Rose Scott, Journalist and Host, NPR-Atlanta

U.S. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (Video Remarks)
U.S. Congressman Dr. Rich McCormick (Video Remarks)

Fireside Chat: The Role of Food Business in Increasing Access to Healthy Foods

  • Fedele Bauccio, Co-founder and CEO, Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Moderated by Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

U.S. Congresswoman Lucy McBath (Video Remarks)
U.S. Congresswoman Lucy McBath (Video Remarks)

Panel Conversation: The Power of Procurement

  • Kyle Waide, CEO, The Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Kashi Sehgal, CEO, Ratafkevin
  • Kevin Holt, Partner, H&H Hospitality
  • Brad NelsonVice President, Global Food+Beverage, Culinary at Marriott International
  • Bill Green, Executive Director, The Common Market
  • Moderated by Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

4:22 p.m. Closing Framing of the Day

  • Rachel Ferencik, Senior Program Officer, CDC Foundation
  • Moderator: Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

4:30 p.m. Breakout Groups

Breakout #1. Community-Based Efforts to Improve Local Food Environments


  • Professor Suneye Holmes, C'2004, Department of Economics, Spelman
  • Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at the Ethics Center at Emory University


  • Love L. Lundy, Student, Spelman College
  • Charlotte Weinstein, Student, Emory University

Breakout #2. The Role of Food Business in Increasing Access to Healthy Foods


  • Karen Siegel, Assistant Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University


  • Jakayla Davis, Student, Spelman College
  • Leandra Lacayo, Student, Emory University

Breakout #3. Good Food Purchasing for Farmers, Eaters, and the Planet


  • Mindy Goldstein, Emory University School of Law
  • Dr. James Daria, Department of Anthropology, Spelman


  • Imani Candler, Student, Spelman College
  • Madisyn Gaither, Student, Spelman College
  • Ilana Fischer, Student, Emory University

5:20 p.m. Delicious Reception


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