Maine Food Waste Solutions Summit 2022

Household food wasteImproving Maine’s Food System

A recording of this year’s summit is now available on YouTube.

Friday, April 15, 2022
9am – 12pm

Click here for an “At-a-Glance” Agenda

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Susanne Lee

The Maine Food Waste Solutions Summit is Maine’s annual food waste event that brings together our state’s key food system participants—farms, food businesses, feeding partners, community leaders, government and nonprofit organizations. Working together, we can move to a circular food system where food is highly valued and never wasted. This vision for Maine’s food system will equitably deliver economic, social, and environmental/climate benefits for all Maine people!

Summit Highlights

Summit Opening

David Hart, Director, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

Importance of Maine Food Waste Solutions Work:
Paula Clark, Director, Division of Materials Management – Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Summit Overview and Introductions
Susanne Lee, Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions: Food Waste Program

Keynote Presentations: The Food Waste Problem

9:10AM – Keynote: Food Waste Problem & Solutions – U.S. & Maine Data Solutions Update

Presented by Angel Veza, Senior Manager, Capital Innovation & Engagement for ReFED (Rethink Food Waste through Economics & Data), the national non-profit working to end food waste across the U.S. food system using data-driven solutions.
Angel will explain the problem of food waste, the key solutions, and the progress being made in U.S. and Maine.

9:25AM – Keynote: Food Waste Solutions – Federal Policy

Presented by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, U.S. Representative for Maine’s 1st congressional district and a leading advocate for federal policies to support agriculture and end food waste.
Chellie will explain the current national bi-partisan legislative solutions being proposed and how you can help.

9:40AM – Keynote Panel: Why Stop Food Waste? Q&A Discussion

A panel of experts will discuss the economic, social, and environmental benefits that make preventing food waste so important. This audience Q&A session will ensure that everyone leaves with a better understanding of the need to end food waste today!

Moderator: David Cash, Regional Administrator – EPA Region 1


Sessions: Maine Food Waste Solutions – How can we take action?

10:10AM – Maine Success Stories

A panel presents examples of their innovative yet practical Maine “triple bottom line” food waste solutions to share with Maine households, communities, businesses, and legislators.  An audience Q&A session will follow – some come with your questions!



10:45AM – Student Updates: Current Maine Food Waste Pilots

Mitchell Center student interns present specific Maine food waste pilots developed with key stakeholders to test solutions and evaluate “triple bottom line” benefits.

  • Reduce – Tracking & Measuring Food Waste, Ryan Fitzmaurice, UMaine
  • Recover – Food Donation & Food Rescue, Ariana Walker, UNE
  • Recover – Maine Farm Food Infrastructure, William Dunham, UMaine
  • Recycle – Community Food Recycling, Ellie Hunt, UMaine
  • Community Education, Hannah Crayton, Thomas College
  • Social Media, Kalina Kinyon, UMaine
  • Youth & School Education, Hannah Mathieu, UMaine
  • Food Rescue MAINE Website, Hannah Mathieu, UMaine

11:15AM – Food Waste Solution Workshops – How to Get Started

  1. Track & Measure Food Waste: Home, Business (MC Hosts: Ryan Fitzmaurice, Michael Haedicke – Faculty)
  2. Food Donation & Food Rescue (MC Hosts: Ariana Walker, Mark Pires – Faculty)
  3. Maine Circular Food System GIS Map (MC Hosts: Jesse Minor – Faculty, Courtney Baker, Lucas Blom)
  4. Community Food Recycling (MC Hosts: Ellie Hunt, Travis Blackmer – Faculty)
  5. Community Education & Action (MC Hosts: Hannah Crayton, Kalina Kinyon, Susanne Lee)
  6. Youth Education & Action (MC Hosts: Hannah Mathieu, Brie Berry – Faculty)

11:45AM – Summit Finale: Maine Food Waste Solutions – Next Steps

  • Solution Workshop Progress Reports
  • Expansion of Maine Food Waste Solutions
  • Upcoming Food Waste Solution Events and Activities