CHICAGO – May 16, 2023 – The Feeding Tomorrow Fund of Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific organization committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system, has announced that registration is now open for the Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run + Fitness Fundraiser at IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo. The fundraiser, which includes a 5k-run, 1-mile walk, and yoga activity, will be held at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, July 17 at McCormick Place with an after-party to follow at 7:30 a.m. Funds raised will support scholarships for students pursuing careers in the science of food.

Attendees can sign up for the Fun Run + Fitness Fundraiser when they register for IFT FIRST.

“The Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run and Fitness Fundraiser, a staple of the IFT annual event since 2001, truly embodies what makes IFT FIRST so special, combining health and networking with the spirit of giving,” said IFT Director of Fund Development Steve Hartley. “Advancing the science of food means supporting our next generation of leaders, and that means providing them with the tools and resources they need to help them reach the finish line.”

The Feeding Tomorrow Fund of IFT encourages, promotes, and rewards the excellence of students pursuing careers in the science of food through various efforts. It was founded in 1985 to be agents of change in the food science industry with a focus on building a diverse pipeline of new talent for the field and harnessing the experience of its partners to feed the world now and into the future. The Feeding Tomorrow Fund of IFT scholarship program is one of the largest in the nation, rewarding undergraduate and graduate students for their dedication to their future profession. To date, more than 2,500 scholarships have been awarded.

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About Institute of Food Technologists
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization of approximately 12,000 individual members from more than 100 countries committed to advancing the science of food. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and related professions from academia, government, and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. IFT works to ensure that its members have the resources they need to learn, grow and advance the science of food as the population and the world evolve. IFT believes that science is essential to ensuring a global food supply that is sustainable, safe, nutritious, and accessible to all. For more information, please visit

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