Dana is a visionary and determined systems thinker with 14+ years of food recovery, management, and entrepreneurship experience including launching her own award-winning food recovery group at Sarah Lawrence College and spending three years at Ashoka, supporting social entrepreneurs from around the world. Acknowledging that the current food system is leaving both food and people falling through the cracks, Dana launched the non-profit organization, Food Shift, in 2012. Since then, Food Shift has developed effective solutions to the challenges of hunger and wasted food. Dana has spent over a decade dedicated to cultivating a more just, sustainable, and less wasteful world. Her passion lies at the intersection of community, collaboration, and innovation.
ImpactSince its launch, Food Shift has established food recovery programs within 13 Oakland schools and worked with Oakland Unified School district and Stopwaste.org to develop an implementation guide to expand the program. The organization has also demonstrated to grocery stores how donating food can save the business money. One such project resulted in the recovery of almost 50,000 pounds of food and a savings of $27,000 per year in reduced waste disposal costs. Food Shift has helped local governments understand how to improve food recovery and now with The Food Shift Kitchen in Alameda, they are building a model that reduces waste, provides jobs and improves access to nutrition. Food Shift has become a key educator, innovator, and leader within the movement toward a more sustainable use of food.
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