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Social Impact Webinar Series, Feeding New York During COVID-19

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Feeding New York During COVID-19

with Emma Hulse, manager at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Katherine Miller, vice president of impact at James Beard Foundation, and Greg Silverman, executive director of West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Friday, April 10, 2020
12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT
Webinar details included in RSVP confirmation email.

Food insecurity is among the myriad crises that have been heightened during the current pandemic. Food pantries, restaurants, and even hospitals have been forced to adapt and innovate in the face of this issue as they consider the well-being of their employees, their customers, senior citizens, and other vulnerable populations. 

  • How is the restaurant industry, which typically responds to demand for food from customers, not only supporting efforts to provide food to those in need, but also dealing with thousands of workers now facing unemployment or furlough?
  • How are food pantries and other nonprofits working to get food into the hands of vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, and how might for-profit ride-sharing organizations play a role?
  • What can be done to support hospitals, who send recovered patients home to potentially isolated and food insecure environments?
  • How can organizations use volunteers and financial support?


About the Speakers:

Emma Hulse
Manager at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Emma Hulse has over ten years of experience developing and managing scalable public health programs for urban populations, with a focus on nutrition education and physical activity. In her current role as Manager at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP), she oversees several community based programming providing valuable services to the community of Northern Manhattan. She has led the expansion of NYP’s Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK) program to focus on food insecurity initiatives, including the Food FARMacia, a partnership with Westside Campaign Against Hunger, and the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. Ms. Hulse is a Registered Dietitian with an MS in Nutrition Education from Columbia University Teachers College.

Katherine Miller
Vice President of Impact at James Beard Foundation

Katherine Miller is an award-winning communications executive, campaign strategist, and social media expert who leads a team dedicated to engaging the culinary community in the ongoing process of creating a sustainable food system for all. She is the founding executive director of the Chef Action Network (CAN) and has served as the Foundation's senior director of policy and advocacy since 2016. She developed and leads the Foundation's signature training program, the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. In September 2017, Katherine was named one of "The 2017 Most Innovative Woman in Food and Drink" by Fortune and Food & Wine. Before joining the good food movement, she developed and managed integrated campaigns for many of the world's leading socially responsible corporations and foundations including TIAA-CREF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation. Her work has won numerous awards including the People's Choice Webby, Best Non-Profit Tagline of the Year, PR Grassroots Campaign of the year, and several Pollies (the political world's Academy Award). She is a board member of the New Venture Fund and RAINN (the U.S. national sexual assault hotline). She is a graduate of the Loyola University of New Orleans and, in her free time, she is perfecting her bread-baking techniques.

Greg Silverman
Executive Director at West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Chef Gregory Silverman has been working in the food and hunger space for over 20 years. Before coming to West Side Campaign Against Hunger, Chef Greg was the Managing Director of Wellness in the Schools, where he led their national growth through creation of innovative fundraising partnerships, expanding programmatic models, and retooling long term vision of the organization. Prior to moving to NYC, Chef Greg worked for Share Our Strength as their National Partnerships Director, where he was charged with building the programmatic partnerships necessary to grow the No Kid Hungry Campaign and its national nutrition education efforts via the flagship Cooking Matters program.

Chef Greg has a long food and health focused journey over the last two decades. He worked in London as a nutrition education specialist for the city government and as a food consultant for public sector organizations; was a successful multiple restaurant owner and chef for a dozen years in Ithaca, NY; and spent time as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mali.

Chef Greg has an MSc in Food and Nutrition Policy from the City University of London. He loves spending his waking hours cycling the streets of NYC, cooking food with family and friends, volunteering as a Board Member of Farm Africa, and cooking up change with communities across the globe.



Social Impact Webinar Series
This webinar series was designed to engage our social enterprise community during New York's Shelter in Place recommendation. Our intention is to continue to disseminate best practices for the social enterprise sector, as well as discuss the pressing social and environmental challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure vulnerable and marginalized community needs are still addressed. All webinars will be recorded and shared on the center's COVID-19 Relief and Response webpage,

April 10th, 2020 12:30 PM through  1:30 PM