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Surplus Food Recovery Workshop

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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Please attend this workshop to learn about:

•     How Grocers can most effectively dispense surplus foods and thereby reduce  associated disposal costs.

•     How Food Banks can increase the amount and efficiency of consumable foods received.

•     Composting and other options for surplus food.

•     Regional and national trends in surplus food recovery.

Food scraps make up a significant part of our waste-stream yet less than 3% is diverted from landfill disposal.  To increase the amount of surplus consumable foods provided to food banks and non-consumables to composters, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and partnering organizations are conducting a one-day workshop to help increase food recovery.

Professionals in the grocery, retail, food bank, composting, and associated government agencies should plan to attend.  This workshop will include sessions on best practices with respect to managing surplus food and updates on regional and national food recovery trends.

Featured speakers include representatives from the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, PA Recycling Markets Center, Feeding America, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Food Bank associations, Grocers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other leaders in this field.

The US Environmental Protection Agency is providing funding and technical support for this workshop.

The $30 registration fee will cover lunch, refreshments, and related expenses.  Scholarships are available if needed.  Contact Linda Knapp ( for more information.


The Workshop will be held at the Capital Union Building (Room 210), corner of College Avenue and O Street, on the Penn State Harrisburg Campus.  For more details, check out the campus map.


9:30 am              Registration and Refreshments

10:00 am            Welcome and Overview

Bob Greaves, US EPA Mid-Atlantic Office Materials Management

David McCorkle, PA Food Merchants Association

Kendall Hanna, Central PA Food Bank

Tom O’Donnell, US EPA

10:20 am            Getting Started – Presentations and Panel

Moderator:  Shannon Barbuto, Feeding America

Making the Decision -- Patti Olenick, Weis Markets

Creating the Partnership -- Tracy Pawelski, Giant Carlisle (Ahold); and Beth Hamilton, Central PA Food Bank

12:00 Noon        Lunch (provided on-site)

12:45 pm           Going BigPresentations and Panel

Moderator:  Shannon Barbuto, Feeding America

Donation Trends and Goal Setting -- Bob Morris, Feeding America

Marking Success – Lisa Hodaei, Philabundance; and Michael Styer, ACME Markets, Inc.

         Building Employee Enthusiasm -- Patti Olenick, Weis Markets

2:15 pm             Recovering Food Waste -- Presentations

Moderator:  Larry Holley, PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

Statewide Food Composting Capacity -  Wayne Bowen, PA Recycling Markets Center

Exploring Food Scraps Recovery Options -- Maurice Sampson, Niche Recycling

Wawa BiobiN System -- Fred Wood, Wawa, Inc.

3:15 pm              Facilitating Donation/Diversion of Surplus Food

EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge  -- Deb Goldblum, US EPA Region III

3:30 pm              Closing

Tom O’Donnell, US EPA

3:35-4:00 pm      Reception

Networking and EPA demonstration of Food Recovery Challenge database management system

Have questions about Surplus Food Recovery Workshop? Contact Institute for Local Self-Reliance

When & Where

Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike (Main Entrance)
Middletown, PA 17057

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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