Food Insecurity: Charting Our Next Steps Forward


Location: Morris Inn Ballroom

Join the University Enterprises and Events division for an in-depth panel discussion focused on food insecurity, globally and within the Indiana and Midwest communities. Chef Seth VanderLaan (Kitchen Expert), Jocelyn Antonelli (Nutritionist), and Jim Conklin (Co-Founder and Executive Director of Cultivate Food Rescue) will cover various topics in the discussion led by moderator Karim Tinoco, Sustainable Foods & Kitchen Program Manager, including the ranges of food security, triple burden of malnutrition, impact of food waste, and solutions that individuals can engage in to alleviate this.

Time Description
2:00 p.m. Doors Open
2:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
2:20 p.m. Panel Discussion Begins
3:00 p.m. Audience Q&A
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks & Networking Begins
4:00 p.m. Event Concludes
Panelists' Bios:

Chef Seth VanderLaan is an accomplished and driven hospitality professional, renowned for his expertise in managing large-scale restaurants, catering operations, and stadium concessions. Throughout his career, Seth has demonstrated a deep commitment to culinary excellence, innovation, and sustainability. From 2015 to 2020, he served as Executive Chef at American Family Field (formerly Miller Park), the home of Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers. In this role, he led the culinary team to develop a series of new and exciting menu concepts, while also emphasizing locally sourced ingredients and other green business practices. His work and recipes have been featured in numerous publications, including USA Today and ESPN The Magazine. He is also a Certified Executive Chef accredited by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WCEC). As the leader of Notre Dame executive chefs for the Morris Inn, CCE, Legends, and Three Leaf catering, Seth provides invaluable guidance and support to his team, ensuring that they continue to achieve personal and professional success.

Jocelyn Antonelli is a registered dietitian and Program Director of Nutrition Services for Campus Dining. She has been in this role for 28 years. She holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University in Dietetics and an MS in Nutrition and Human Performance from Logan University. Outside of work, she is a wife and mother of 3. Her favorite nutrition quote is, "The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison."

Jim Conklin is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Cultivate Food Rescue. Inspired by his Christian faith, Jim is on a mission to improve the health and nutritional quality of weekend food backpack programs, to reduce food insecurity, improve educational performance of kids in our community, and to reduce food waste! Trained as a CPA, he has a 25-year history which includes commercial banking, auditing, tax experience, and progressing roles in private company accounting. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Jim served as Director of Finance for Headsight, Inc.,  an agricultural engineering company with a mission to use their blessings to help those in need in our community. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Butler University and a Masters in Accounting from Indiana University South Bend. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Amy, for 28 years and has two amazing sons. Over the last 6 years, Jim has learned about food waste and the power of redirecting that food for human consumption, along with the benefits of lowering food insecurity and food waste simultaneously.