2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Lindsey Loberg

Co-Director | 2023 Bertha Challenge Fellow

Boulder Food Rescue


Lindsey Loberg( they/them/theirs) is a 2023 Bertha Challenge Fellow. They'll spend the year creating a curriculum for grassroots, non-profit food distributors to transform the relationship between charitable food, corporations, and politics through participatory research, direct action, community power building, and other systems change work. Lindsey is also the Co-Director of Boulder Food Rescue, a Boulder, CO-based, grassroots food distributor working towards a more just and less wasteful food system. Lindsey works to dismantle hunger and oppressive power structures, particularly those influencing the nonprofit food sector. Their early involvement with activism and organizing came as a teacher and union worker during the Wisconsin Uprising and Occupy Movement. They held 25 jobs before turning 25, some in food, all in low-wage work perpetuating hunger. Lindsey is involved with Boulder's Human Relations Commission, a government body intended to safeguard human rights; their local branch of the Debt Collective, a national debtors’ union working to abolish debts of survival and basic opportunity; and a number of professional networks, including Food Rescue Alliance, Community Resource Center’s Root Cause Network, and Closing the Hunger Gap’s Next Shift Community of Practice.


Wednesday, May 17th

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Feeding the Megaphone: How to Increase Community Voice and Participation in Food Rescue

Breakout Session (Running Concurrently)

Conversations about addressing food waste often leave out the communities that are receiving and distributing the food. This results in a hyper-focus on addressing food waste from a logistics-only standpoint and assuming the food will automatically be eaten by people receiving it. Without input from community members on their needs, an entire half of the equation is missing, which doesn’t address the food waste problem holistically and causes harm to communities receiving food. It’s important to consider community-based solutions, cultural needs, and relationships that cannot be automated if we want to better solve the food waste crisis. Join this discussion with Boulder Food Rescue, Hole Food Rescue, and Food to Power to explore how localized, diverse, and community-driven solutions, return power, choice, and control back to the people most impacted by hunger and food waste, allowing for solutions that better meet people’s food needs.

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