2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St. Louis, MO 


Community, Commitment, and Catalyzation

Recap of the 2023 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

In the shadow of the Gateway Arch, ReFED Executive Director Dana Gunders opened the 2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit in St. Louis with a simple message – think bigger. Are we at the point where the fight against food waste should be growing beyond a “movement,” where the level of work is commensurate with the opportunities that solving it will present? Being clear about the scope of the issue – telling the story as accurately as we can – can lead to more funding, more business initiatives, more policies, and more action toward creating a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system.

Reducing food waste has many solutions, and it all begins with a strong community making the commitment to work together. That means entrenching values of inclusion and diversity, as well as the willingness to prioritize pre-competitive sharing and open dialogue. 

2023 Highlights

Three Days of Insights, Inspiration, and Action

This was the largest gathering of the ReFED community to date, and the event was a good reminder of the real purpose of meeting people face-to-face – community building, inspiration, acceleration, and celebration.


People joining either in-person or virtually


Different Countries



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Where in the world?

We had attendees from all over the states (across 40 U.S. States) and over 20 countries across the world join us in St. Louis for the convergence of hearts and minds at the Food Waste Solutions Summit.


Who was there?


2023 Session Recordings

View all the mainstage and breakout session recordings from the event.

Food Waste: The Past, Present, and Future

Cultivating an Inclusive Food System Where Everybody Eats: Exploring the Intersection of Justice and Food Waste

The Future is Now: The Power of Indomitable Youth to Spark Action

2023 Summit Photos

Discover what happens when more than 650+ thought leaders and decision-makers from across the food system converge to share strategies for advancing food waste solutions. Relive your favorite Summit moments from the past – or if you haven't attended one yet, see what you'll be missing if you don't join us this year!

Thank You to Our 2023 Summit Sponsors

The 2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit was made possible with generous support from and in partnership with our sponsors.


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