United Way Food Summit

Join us for an incredible in-person event, The United Way Food Summit, hosted in partnership with the University of Toledo Medical Center on Friday, November 17. Get ready to immerse yourself in a day filled with exciting discussions, inspiring speakers, and opportunities for collaborative learning!


At The United Way Food Summit, we aim to bring together passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds to tackle the pressing issue of food insecurity in our community. Through engaging workshops, informative panels, and interactive sessions, we will explore innovative ways to combat hunger and create a more sustainable future. The highlight of the day will be Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of the much-beloved Ann Arbor deli, Zingerman’s. He will share how private, public, and governmental entities can better work together to form a healthy nonprofit ecosystem.

Whether you are a food service provider, community leader, or simply someone who cares deeply about making a difference. We invite you to join us for this opportunity to learn about promising innovations and best practices in the food sector. Here’s what we hope to accomplish:

  • Identify key investment opportunities along the food security continuum and better express the dire need for support and resources.
  • Engage food system stakeholders to consider reconvening a Food Equity Council.
  • Present ongoing research and investments in food security, to engage partners and develop a comprehensive community food system strategy.

Ari Weinzweig, Cofounding Partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses in Ann Arbor, MI. Ari is a line cook turned CEO and thought leader who expresses his learnings about positive business through his writing. His Guide to Good Leading Series encompasses the principles, beliefs, and pillars of Ari and the Zingerman’s Organization. His newest work is the artisan pamphlet, “A Taste of Zingerman’s Food Philosophy: Forty Years of Mindful Cooking and Eating.


Full Day

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker, Ari Weinzweig – Organizational Ecosystems

Ari Weinzweig

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Role of Food Policy Councils in Communities

United Way of Greater Toledo

11:00 AM

Innovation in the Sector – Exploring Projects & Partnerships

United Way of Greater Toledo

12:00 PM

Lunch & Discussions

1:00 PM

Breakout Sessions (more information available soon!)

3:30 PM

Audience Reflections & Closing


$35 (ticket includes lunch and free parking)



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