James Beard Foundation Launches JBF Impact Programs Initiative

Programs bring together leaders in the culinary community to address society’s biggest food challenges

JBF Impact Programs include the annual JBF Food Conference and the JBF Leadership Awards.

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) has announced the launch of JBF Impact Programs. This initiative works to enhance JBF’s commitment to establishing “a more sustainable food system through education, advocacy, and thought leadership,” according to a release.

The programs bring together chefs, farmers, and other leaders in the culinary community in order to better address the biggest food challenges we face today. These include food waste, sustainable agriculture and seafood, and more.

“Our Foundation is expanding our voice in the food policy movement as we enter our 30th year,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “In addition to our new Impact Programs, we’re delighted that the Chef Action Network (CAN) will merge under the umbrella of the JBF Impact Programs, continuing its work to help us create a better food system for all Americans.”

Current JBF Impact Programs include the annual JBF Food Conference, the JBF Leadership Awards, the JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, and Enlightened Eaters. New initiatives will include JBF Issue Summits, roundtable discussions exploring timely food issues; JBF Culinary Labs, and JBF Local and Regional Advocacy Trainings.


Programming for 2016 and 2017 will support four major issues: food waste reduction, sustainable seafood, sustainable meat, and childhood nutrition.