2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit
May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO
Chief Communications & Community Engagement Officer
As Chief Communications & Community Engagement Officer, Rajesh Mirchandani leads the organization’s efforts to galvanize a broad movement to end hunger in America, position Feeding America and the people it serves as thought leaders on issues related to food insecurity, and promote community engagement across the country, across communities, and across sectors to support its mission to end hunger in America. Mirchandani and his team are responsible for cultivating influential voices who can extend Feeding America’s reach and impact, by overseeing neighbor engagement, advocacy and building deep partnerships with communities disproportionately experiencing food insecurity. Additionally, Mirchandani and his team work closely and collaboratively with Feeding America’s government relations, equity and marketing teams, to help ensure that the organization’s messages and storytelling continuously connect and resonate with new and varied audiences.
Prior to joining Feeding America, Mirchandani worked for the United Nations (UN) Foundation, an independent non-profit set up to support the UN and its priority issues. There, Mirchandani acted as senior adviser to the executive office, and as chief communications officer, leading a team of skilled professionals in building award-winning campaigns, and communities to amplify and galvanize cross-sectoral support for the UN’s work to create a more peaceful, sustainable world, free of hunger, poverty, and inequality.
Before working at the UN Foundation, Mirchandani spent more than 20 years in journalism as a global correspondent, news anchor and host for the BBC, including six years in the U.S. In that time, he covered a wide range of stories and issues, including two U.S. Presidential elections, the 2008-09 Great Recession, the Oscars, the earthquake in Haiti, and many stories of food insecurity and poverty around the world. He also ran communications for the influential Washington, D.C. think tank, Center for Global Development.
Mirchandani is the host of the podcast, Finding Our Flavor, about food and identity. He holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Bristol University, a Postgraduate Diploma in broadcast journalism from Cardiff University and a Master of Arts in public diplomacy from University of Southern California.
Wednesday, May 17th
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mainstage Session | Cultivating an Inclusive Food System Where Everybody Eats: Exploring the Intersection of Justice and Food Waste
Our food systems were never broken and inequities within them are not natural. They are rooted in historic structures of racial, socioeconomic, and cultural discrimination. Acknowledging and addressing the systemic inequities that are deeply ingrained is the first step to creating an equitable, just, and inclusive food system for all. This session will include a share out of the insights from ReFED’s new Landscape Assessment report that examines the intersections between food waste and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). For instance, what food waste reduction activities have impacts that help or hinder equity movements? And opposingly, what impact does equity movements have on the amount of food going to waste? The report points out the intersections and makes some recommendations for steps to take to increase equity in food systems. The panel will reflect on these questions and panelists will share their own experiences and explore these intersections.