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Food Waste Costing More Than You Though Social innovation in the nonprofit space The Power of One – How an aging geek changed a food network


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My Expertise

Food waste/recovery - especially building a nationwide solution to both the waste of locally grown fresh food and the lack of fresh food at the nations food pantries. Challenges of innovation in the nonprofit space

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What I like to talk about

Gary Oppenheimer, a CNN Hero, World Food Prize nominee, lecturer and speaker (including a two TED presentations) and a Google Tech Talk, 2013 Purpose Prize FellowPoints of Light Tribute winner, Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” and “2011 Game Changer“, winner of the Russell Berrie Foundation’s “Making A Difference” award, winner of the Glynwood 2011 “Wave of the Future” award, winner of the 2012 Elfenworks “In Harmony With Hope” award, Echoing Green semifinalist and founder of now makes his home in the mountains of northern New Jersey after having lived on a boat on the Hudson River in Manhattan since 1978. He is also a Master Gardener, Rutgers Environmental Steward, former community garden director, Environmental Commissioner in northern New Jersey, an avid gardener and long distance cyclist.

An early pioneer in the electronic mail,  produced what is believe to be the first “ezine” – published from 1985 to 1996 – while working from a home office located on the boat.

Aware of the increasing hunger problem in America and, in 2009, after seeing the amount of wasted food in the community garden as well as other gardens around the country, he created – a nationwide program enabling America’s 42 million home and community gardeners to donate their bounty to thousands of food pantries nationwide.

Named CNN Hero a year later, he was introduced on the Larry King Live show which was followed by a live interview with CNN anchor Ali Velshi.

He has appeared in numerous radio interviews and his work has been the subject of countless blogs and newspaper articles.

Because works closely with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to improve fresh food access at thousands of food pantries nationwide, he had the opportunity to meet the President and First Lady and she subsequently in a speech in early 2012.


My Background

Founder of

He enjoys boating, hiking, farming (chickens for eggs and vegetables) and attacking challenges of all sorts. He is a firm believer in the notion that to do the impossible, you must first believe it isn’t.


Audience tweeting while listening…….

Sampling of other feedback….

  • “Your words inspired me.” -K. Robinson – George Washington Carver Centenial Series
  • “That was a nice talk, an eye opener. -S. Fall – George Washington Carver Centenial Series
  • Our Community Partners continue to buzz about your presentation…there has been a true enthusiasm among them to do more for the communities, including introducing fresh produce. This is very exciting and we have you to thank for creating the buzz! -A. Wilcox – Orange County Food Bank
  • “I remember you and the powerful speech you delivered. -A Asbogun – Tuskegee University
  • “…your presentation was a clear highlight for many of our students” M. Weinstein – U of Maryland

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Russ Berrie Awards Ceremony Keynote by Gary Oppenheimer

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