CFF’s first Annual Gathering was held at the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund on May 7, 2013. The evening featured local food and drinks, and a keynote address by Dr. Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and the author of eight books on food systems. Dr. Nestle spoke about the policies and politics that contribute to, or detract from, the creation of a healthy, sustainable, and fair food system, and urged funders to be cautious and thoughtful about funding strategies so that they don’t inadvertently contribute to the further fragmentation of the “food eco-system.”
The gathering included funders from throughout the NY-NJ-CT tri-state region, as well as food system practitioners who were engaged to help inform CFF’s four new working groups. The working group structure and the initial four working groups were announced and launched at this gathering.