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Dept of the Environment to host Maryland Food Recovery Summit tomorrow in Linthicum


Jay Apperson

(410) 537-3003

Adrienne Diaczok

(410) 537-3003

Maryland Department of the Environment to host Maryland Food Recovery Summit tomorrow in Linthicum

Baltimore, MD (Nov. 29, 2016) – More than 200 stakeholders – including representatives from local, state and federal governments, non-profits, the retail food industry, local schools, hospitals and environmental groups – have registered to attend the Maryland Food Recovery Summit on Wednesday.  Maryland’s first Food Recovery Summit will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders for information, discussion, networking, and goal-setting with the aim of increasing food recovery in Maryland. The program begins with a plenary session followed by presentations on topics such as Preventing Wasted Food through Source Reduction and Feeding People and Food Recycling Options. During the latter half of the afternoon attendees will split into working groups covering topics of food recycling infrastructure, source reduction and donation, and food recovery outreach. The program concludes with report outs from the workgroups and the creation of a roadmap to the next steps for food recovery and donation in Maryland.


  • Secretary Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment (Welcoming remarks)
  • Hilary Miller, Director, Land Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Cheryl Coleman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Christina Rice, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic
  • Carrie Burns, Johns Hopkins University  Center for a Livable Future
  • Maria Rose Belding, MEANS Database
  • Terry McGowan, Giant Food
  • Margaret Brown, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Evan Lutz, Hungry Harvest
  • Butch Langenfelder, Maryland Food Bank
  • Anna Lourie, Sodexo
  • Cheryl Kollin, Community Food Rescue
  • Craig  Coker, Coker Consulting
  • Isabella Lee, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Patrick Serfass, American Biogas Council
  • Justen Garrity, Veteran Compost
  • Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Gemma Evans, Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. *Media wishing to attend the full-day conference should contact*

Maritime Institute, 682 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Marylanders produce nearly one million tons of food scraps every year, and most of this material is disposed of in landfills and waste-to-energy facilities. By reducing and recovering excess food we can save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to feed those in need.