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History of the Foundation

Foundation History

Feeding Tomorrow was originally founded as the IFT Foundation in 1985 by Paul F. Hopper, who was then president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). The foundation’s original mission was to serve as a conduit for IFT scholarship funds and to build a pipeline of the best and brightest future food scientists by educating students on the potential career paths in the industry.

1990: Building a Structure

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. 

2002: Fun Run

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. 

2011: Name Change

In 2011, the foundation changed its name to Feeding Tomorrow.

2017: Volunteer Globally and Educator Expo

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. 

"Volunteer Globally is the opportunity of a lifetime. It's growth opportunity professionally. And it makes you really humble when you see how people invest in their companies abroad."

- Pablo Torres-Aguilar

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.

2022: Governance Evolution

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.

Into the Future

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.

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