American Food Heroes

American Food Heroes

American Food Heroes

Meet the people doing incredible things to change our food system for the better.
 
 

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Our annual American Food Heroes list honors the people doing extraordinary things to make food better in our country.
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Anthony Bourdain Brought Cultures and People Together Through Food

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2019 American Food Hero [in memoriam]: Anthony Bourdain

How A Single Mom Used Coupons to Feed the Hungry More Than 100,000 Meals

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American Food Hero 2019: Lauren Puryear

Meet the Man Bringing One Billion Oysters to NYC

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American Food Hero 2019: Pete Malinowski

Who he is: Executive Director, The Billion Oyster Project

This OG Renegade Lunch Lady Has Brought Healthier School Lunches to Thousands of Kids

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American Food Hero 2019: Chef Ann Cooper

How Listening to Consumers Helped Perdue Chicken Go Antibiotic Free

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American Food Hero 2019: Jim Perdue

Who he is: Executive Chairman, Perdue Farms

Meet the Farmer Turned CEO Who Pushed for Stricter Organic Standards and Values Farmers Above Profits

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American Food Hero 2019: George Siemon

Who he is: Founding Farmer and Former CEO, Organic Valley

Meet the Woman Helping Starbucks Eliminate 1 Billion Plastic Straws Each Year From Ending Up In Our Oceans and Landfills

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American Food Hero 2019: Rebecca Zimmer

Who she is: Global Director of Environment, Starbucks

How the Country's Largest Grocery Store Is Helping Hundreds of Thousands of People Eat Healthier

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American Food Hero 2019: Colleen Lindholz

Who she is: President, Kroger Health

How This Man Is Helping Cut Down On Food Waste, One Avocado at a Time

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American Food Hero 2019: James Rogers

Who he is: Founder and CEO, Apeel Sciences

Bees Help Grow Over 35 Percent of Our Food Crops. Meet the Woman Trying to Save Them.

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American Food Hero 2019: Beth Robertson-Martin

Title: Director of Commodities and Pollinator Council Lead, General Mills