Buckeye Summit Convening for change #BuckeyeSummit

What happens when Buckeyes take on a global challenge?

Together, we have the power to make real change.

“Let’s work together to put good food on everyone’s table”
- Professor Casey Hoy

On April 14, 2016, Buckeyes gathered in an unprecedented effort to meet a global need: food security for all.

Michael V. Drake

Roundtable with Sheldon Retchin, Bruce McPheron, and Jill Clark

Dr. Catherine Woteki

Dr. Patricia Cunningham

Diana Aviv

Matt Habash

A preview of what's to come at the inaugural Buckeye Summit and a description of fresh produce “cull.”

More than 600 people signed up for the Buckeye Summit to focus on the global issue of food security.

Attendees discuss why it is important for Ohio State to make a significant effort to address food security and why it's important for them to be part of the effort.

Attendees reflect on why it's important for them to be part of the effort to address food security.

The Ohio State University Alumni Association President and CEO Jim Smith '91 is among the leaders in attendance at the inaugural Buckeye Summit.

A moderated discussion about food deserts, research and outreach features, from left, Ohio State Assistant Professor Dr. Jill Clark, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce Mcpherson, Wexner Medical Center CEO Dr. Sheldon Retchin and The Ohio State University Alumni Association President and CEO Jim Smith.

Participants use clickers to vote on themes and solutions to explore in the fight for food security at the inaugural Buckeye Summit.

A vertical farm is on display at the Buckeye Summit.

Meera Nagarajan, a nutrition science major, says, “Food has always meant warmth and love to me.”

Among the more than 600 attendees at the inaugural Buckeye Summit are students, researchers, alumni, volunteers and community partners.

A visual notetaker tracks the progression of a collective discussion at the Ohio Union.

Participants at the inaugural Buckeye Summit generate thoughtful contributions to discussions about fighting for food security.

Dr. Catherine Woteki, U.S. Department of Agriculture, chief scientist and undersecretary of research, education and economics, told attendees: “At the USDA we realized the best investment we can make is in the next generation of food, agriculture and national resource scientists.”

Patricia Cunningham, PhD, director of the Department of Social Change in the Office of Student Life, provides anecdotal and statistical evidence about Columbus children who are hungry and benefiting from Ohio State outreach programs.

John Buck '93 talks about his personal commitment as a farmer in Marion, Ohio.

An artistic representation of the discussion and ideas presented at the inaugural Buckeye Summit, as depicted by a notetaker.

Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, offers a message of inspiration to attendees that they have the power to promote food security. “Anything less than a hunger-free America is not the society in which we want to live,” she says.

Attendees at the inaugural Buckeye Summit share their personal commitments to fighting for food security.

Attendees at the inaugural Buckeye Summit share their personal commitments to fighting for food security.

Matt Habash ’81, president and CEO of Mid-Ohio Foodbank, talks about reasons that people, including the “working poor,” seek out food banks.

Investing in research
Over the next decade, Ohio State will invest $100 million in food security. To tackle this issue, we will hire the brightest research minds in the nation.
A university promise

By 2025, 40 percent of the food served at Ohio State will be purchased locally.

500,000 alumni

What can Buckeye Nation do when we act as one? Join us April 14 to be a part of this movement.