2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Hannah Semler

Principal Consultant



Hannah Semler, of Whole Crops Consulting, is CEO and Co-Founder of FarmDrop.us and co-host of What’s is American Food? Podcast, and has been a Betsy and Jesse Fink Family Foundation Fellow since 2018. From Spain to Maine, her work is driven by a deep understanding of community food systems, from gleaning and on farm food loss, to harvest-to-order e-commerce solutions. Her community-based efforts coexist alongside her work redesigning parts of our global food system to prevent and reduce waste, and create large-scale social impact. Her most recent body of work with Produce Rescue Without Borders put her MSc in International Food Business and Consumer Studies towards documenting the cross-border produce rescue work in Nogales, AZ.


Wednesday, May 11th

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break

Memorial Hall

A Nogales Produce Rescue Short Film and Discussion (Johnson Great Room

The Nogales Produce Rescue program of the Arizona Food Bank Network, led by Dana Yost and Efrain Trigueras, brings you this short documentary film about cross-border produce rescue with Mexico. Whether you are working with farms to prevent food loss, or agencies to address hunger, or filling the logistics gap in between, this film is a must watch. It is a testament to what we can do together through collaboration when we share the conviction that a hungry child anywhere is not ok, especially when produce sits in warehouses unclaimed, or lies in fields unharvested. This story shows how the Nogales, Arizona, port of entry, a border-town and one of the largest and most phenomenal produce superhighways of Mexican-grown produce in the world, is being stewarded by the Nogales Produce Rescue team of the Arizona Food Bank Network. Roughly 6 Billion Pounds of produce pass through Nogales every year, destined for the U.S. Market and beyond, that represents 77% of produce consumed in the US in the winter months. In this film you will learn how this Nogales-based team saves the portion that does not get sold, and redirects 45 million pounds a year to families and food banks in need of hunger relief.

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