image of Des Moines skyline and Summit word brand logo

Food waste is a problem. 

Of all the food grown, processed and transported in the United States, we're throwing away 40% of it. Over 33,000,000 tons of food end up in the landfill each year in our country and only 3% of food waste is recovered or recycled. It uses 10% of the total U.S. energy budget, 50% of our land and 80% of all consumed freshwater. And we throw all that away while 1 in 8 people are food insecure.

The Midwest Food Recovery Summit's purpose is to provide you with the education, insight and connections needed to help ensure food is used as it's meant to be - as a resource. Focusing on all sources and all uses from source reduction and donation to feeding animals, industrial uses and compost.

Speakers from all over the country will showcase what's working and what still needs work. 

Join us for inspiring keynotes, educational breakout sessions, networking opportunities, workshops throughout the entire summit.

Who you can expect to hear from, meet and see:

  • Biodigestors
  • Composting facilities
  • Haulers
  • Food rescue organizations
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Regulatory entities
  • Federal, state and local governments
  • Retail food stores
  • Food establishments
  • And more!


Full conference registration provides access to all keynotes, breakout sessions as well as the exhibit hall. Fees are non-refundable but transferable if needed.


Non-Profit / Education / Government

What's Included in Your Fee

Access to All Keynotes and Sessions

All summit keynotes and breakout sessions starting on Wednesday, September 6 through Friday, September 8.

Access to Exhibit Hall

Meet with all the exhibitors during exhibit hall hours.

Cocktail Hours & Meals

Meals will be provided at the summit including lunch on Wednesday, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday. Additionally, appetizers will be provided at cocktail receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Networking Events

 An on-site sponsored event will be hosted on Thursday. More details to come!

For more information about attending, contact Jen Wittenburg at 319-273-6580 or 


yellow button that says attendees register today

purple button that says exhibitors register today

Subscribe for summit updates



 Thank You to our 2017 Midwest Food Recovery Summit Partner logo

EPA logo and link to EPA website