The James Beard Foundation Impact Programs are committed to establishing a more sustainable food system through education, advocacy, and thought leadership. Through the mantra good food for goodTM the organization is committed to giving chefs and their colleagues a voice and the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable, and delicious for everyone. 

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The JBF Impact Programs also include the Chef Action Network®, issue-specific advocacy campaigns, customized issue and advocacy support for the culinary community, local and regional advocacy trainings for chefs. Check back here for updates about Impact programming and events. 


Impact Program News

JBF Announces its Impact Advisory Committee

Comprised of chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, academics, food system funders, and leading NGO representatives, the new Impact Programs Advisory Committee serves as a source of expertise and a sounding board for JBF's Impact Programs team. See the committee members who will advise JBF on the areas of food waste reduction, sustainable meats, sustainable seafood and fish, and childhood nutrition.



Upcoming Impact Programs:

  • September 2018, Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, Wellesley, MA
  • October 2018, Creating a Full-Use Kitchen Curriculum Launch
  • October 2018, Florida Local Advocacy Training, Captiva Island, FL
  • November 2018, Sustainable Seafood Chef Issue Summit, Seattle, WA
  • December 2018, James Beard Foundation and MIT Media Lab Summit, Cambridge, MA

If you are interested in participating in one of our Impact Programs, please take the time to complete this quick survey. You'll be expressing your interest in these programs, as well as providing us with crucial guidance. 

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The JBF Impact Programs represent the evolution and solidification of food-systems advocacy work that JBF has undertaken in recent years. Starting in 2010, the annual JBF Food Conference has brought together a diverse group of food-system thought leaders to explore complex issues. In an effort to recognize visionaries helping to create a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world, the Foundation launched the annual JBF Leadership Awards in 2011. Recognizing the growing voice of the culinary community in conversations around improving our food system, in summer of 2012 JBF piloted the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, which educates established chefs about the effective advocacy skills that can be leveraged to create food-system change at the local, regional, and federal levels. These major programs and other initiatives have culminated in the Foundation’s broader commitment to becoming a leading voice in creating a more sustainable food world. 

The JBF Impact Programs bring together chefs, farmers, food companies, and others in the culinary community to dissect issues and facilitate participation around the biggest challenges facing our society, including food waste, sustainable agriculture, labor equity, and more. 

In an effort to engage the culinary community in the ongoing process of promoting a sustainable food system that provides nutritious and delicious food for all, the JBF Impact Programs:

  • Engage key stakeholders across the culinary community in the conversation about what constitutes a good food system
  • Build a constituency of advocates to influence food policy at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Provide clear and effective ways for the culinary community and consumers to take action


For more information on the JBF Impact Programs, partnership, and funding opportunities, please email