The 2017 summit brought together over 55 speakers spanning many industries and all facets of food waste reduction and recovery. The agenda is jam-packed with speakers sharing their successes, experts sharing their knowledge, and innovators sharing their technologies. 

Wednesday, September 6

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Welcome and Opening Keynote Presentation (Iowa Ballroom) - VIDEO (COMING SOON)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch (Iowa Ballroom)

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. - Exhibit Hall Opening (Des Moines Exhibit Hall)

1:45 - 3:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Break & Snacks (Des Moines Exhibit Hall)

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Social Hour / Networking (Des Moines Exhibit Hall)

Thursday, September 7

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast (Iowa Ballroom)

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. - Break & Snacks (Des Moines Exhibit Hall)

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch (Iowa Ballroom)

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. - Innovator Lightning Round (Iowa Ballroom) - VIDEO (COMING SOON)

Join us for an Innovator Lightning Round to kick off the afternoon! We will have nine individuals from innovative companies present flash presentations about the ways they have figured out to prevent, reduce, recover, and/or recycle food that would have otherwise been thrown away. Moderated by Joe Bolick, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, University of Northern Iowa.

2:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Break & Snacks (Des Moines Exhibit Hall)

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - Keynote Presentation (Iowa Ballroom) - VIDEO (COMING SOON)

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

4:45 - 5:15 p.m. - Social Hour / Networking (Des Moines Exhibit Hall)

5:30 - 7:30 p.m - Saving Scraps: A Culinary Competition (Iowa Ballroom) - VIDEO (COMING SOON)

In conjunction with the Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management program at Des Moines Public Schools’ Central Campus, two teams of high school students will showcase innovative and unique ways to present three judges with a delicious gourmet dish from…FOOD WASTE! Check out the Showdown Schedule here.

Friday, September 8

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast (Iowa Ballroom)

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Breakout Session

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Breakout Session

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Roundtable Discussion with Call to Action Closing (Iowa Ballroom)

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 Thank You to our 2017 Midwest Food Recovery Summit Partners

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