An Overview of U.S. Charitable Food Surplus Programs


In 2021, the U.S. charitable food system provided food for more than 50 million people, or roughly one in six Americans.* This system, critical to reducing food insecurity, is dependent on connecting food producers with consumers. This webinar will provide an overview of federal and state food surplus programs, describe how these programs connect agricultural producers with consumers, and discuss some of the legal issues implicated by these programs. 

*See Feeding America, More than 53 Million People Received Help from Food Banks and Food Pantries in 2021 (June 15, 2022)  


Time and Date:

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Noon – 1 p.m. (EDT)

11 a.m. – Noon (CDT)


View a Recording of the Webinar Here


Audry Thompson is a staff attorney with the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law, where she began working as a student research assistant in 2019. Before coming to Penn State in 2016 to pursue graduate studies, Audry taught for seven years in Bloomfield Public Schools in Missouri’s southeastern “bootheel” region. As a staff attorney, Audry now researches, writes, and presents on topics in agricultural law—most recently, commerce clause and animal confinement issues. She also oversees student research and writing, assists in teaching undergraduate agricultural law courses, and is the primary coordinator for the Center’s Educational Program Series, Understanding Agricultural Law. Audry holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri Baptist University, a master’s degree from Penn State University, a J.D. from Penn State Law, and has completed all coursework requirements for a joint Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and policy studies. 

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