Registration Open for PA-WAgN Annual Symposium

Posted: September 5, 2017

PA-WAgN and Presenting Sponsor Kitchen Table Consultants (in cooperation with Community Partner PASA) present our annual symposium on December 6, 2017 at Celebration Hall in State College, PA. Cost is $50 for the day which includes lunch and snacks. Some scholarships are available.

Pa-WAgN is excited to partner with Kitchen Table Consultants this year to present our Annual Symposium. This year we will focus on the right of all to have access to fresh, healthy food. That may mean access to eat that food, knowledge to grow that food or skills to advocate for that food. Our key note speaker will be Leah Lizarondo.

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Leah Lizarondo is Co-Founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue. 412 Food Rescue works to eliminate hunger and promote a healthy environment by rescuing viable food about to go to waste and redirecting to nonprofits that serve those who are food insecure. 412 Food Rescue is an innovative approach to food recovery with rapid-response reverse logistics model that combines technology and civic engagement to tackle the most difficult bottleneck in food recovery – bridging the last mile. 412 Food Rescue is one of the fastest-growing food recovery organizations in the U.S.

Leah brings a 15-year track record of leadership positions with global corporations and nonprofits. Leah received her Masters Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University graduating with Highest Distinction.

She began her career as a product manager in Southeast Asia, working in consumer packaged goods and technology before moving on to her passion in food and health advocacy. She has worked in leadership positions in nonprofits in New York and Pittsburgh. She is interested in the intersection of social good and technology and mines her experience launching startups as she works to grow 412 Food Rescue.

Leah is an active advocate for food, health and innovation. The Brazen Kitchen, Leah’s blog and Pittsburgh Magazine column, won the 2013 National City & Regional Magazine Awards. She served as Editor-at-Large for NEXTpittsburgh and her work has been featured in print and online publications including NPR,, and GOOD Magazine. In April 2014, she gave the TEDx Talk “Why the Farm Is Not Getting to the Table.” In 2017, she was named in SmartBusiness “Who To Watch” as one of the individuals “poised to shape the Pittsburgh region in 2017 and beyond” and FoodTank’s “17 Food Heroes to Inspire Us in 2017.”


We will also have a panel of on the rights to food access. There will be break-out sessions on production, business, advocacy and more.

Stay tuned to our website as more details are finalized.

Some scholarships are available. Contact Patty Neiner at 814-865-7031 if you are interested in finding out more about scholarships.