The foundation awarded its first scholarship in 1990. In 1993, IFT President Al Clausi established an independent board and voting structure for the foundation. With the help of Bob Smith, who was vice president of research and development at Nabisco at the time, the foundation launched a campaign to raise money that would fund expanded programs. Smith chaired the “Building the Foundation for a Better Tomorrow” campaign, which raised more than $2 million.
In 2002, the foundation held its first Fun Run during the IFT Annual Event & Food Expo. The event has become the largest annual fundraiser for student scholarships.
In 2011, the foundation changed its name to Feeding Tomorrow.
In 2017, Feeding Tomorrow launched, Volunteer Globally, a program to help connect IFT members with nonprofit partner organizations seeking food science and technology expertise to help solve the food and nutrition challenges to global populations.
To reach the K–12 community, Feeding Tomorrow also launched the Educator Expo program that year to provide an educational experience specifically for educators, teachers, and counselors who can help direct interested students to the study of food science.
As of September 1, Feeding Tomorrow joins IFT as a single 501c3 organization. The IFT Board will be assuming governance authority, including financial responsibility, for Feeding Tomorrow.
Our goal for the next decade is to nurture a culture of support for the best and brightest minds in food science. Together, Feeding Tomorrow and the Institute of Food Technologists will feed the minds that feed the future.