Tom Colicchio Has Resigned From the Food Policy Action Board: "Corporations Don't Eat, People Do"

The Top Chef judge co-founded the nonprofit in 2012 to help fight food waste and promote healthier eating in America.

Tom Colicchio has announced his resignation from Food Policy Action, the five-year-old nonprofit group he co-founded to help promote a healthy food system in America. He announced his departure on Thursday on Instagram.

"It is with equal parts sadness and appreciation that I am announcing my resignation from the board of Food Policy Action, effective today," he wrote. "Since co-founding the organization in 2012, I have been fortunate to work with a group of dedicated activists fighting for polices that make healthy, affordable, ethically-sourced food available to all and to reform a food system that pitches heavily in favor of corporate interests, rather than citizens. Corporations don’t eat, people do."

He acknowledged the group's successes and failures in his post.

"Some of those battles have been successful, some haven’t," he admitted. "Most have engendered some form of compromise. What I’ve learned is that the fight itself is as important as the outcome. Today lawmakers understand that Americans care deeply about their food choices and see the broader impacts that food has on some of the most important issues of our day, like public health, education, immigration, and our economy."

He did not address the reason for his resignation, but reaffirmed his commitment to the cause.
"I will continue to do the work of championing a more just and equitable food system in everything I do, and from every platform available to me. I am grateful to the team at Food Policy Action for the work we’ve done together and their tireless efforts to hold our leaders accountable in the most important food fight of our time."

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