We live in a global economy and the way food is grown, processed, and handled can impact people around the world. From a public health perspective, it often provides unique challenges to the food safety professional. Combine these issues with the complexity of protecting the food supply from food security threats and the challenges seem overwhelming. However, with our support the Foundation can make an impact on these issues. Funds from the Foundation help to sponsor travel for deserving scientists from developing countries to our Annual Meeting, sponsor international workshops, and support the future of food scientists through scholarships for students or funding for students to attend IAFP Annual Meetings.
The Foundation is currently funded through contributions from corporations and individuals. A large portion of the support is provided from the Sustaining Membership of IAFP. The Sustaining Membership Program is a unique way for organizations to partner with the Association.
Support from individuals is also crucial in the growth of the Foundation. Contributions, big or small, make an impact on the programs supported by the IAFP Foundation. Programs currently supported by the Foundation include the following:
- Student Travel Scholarships
- Ivan Parkin Lecture
- John H. Silliker Lecture (Funded through a contribution from Silliker, Inc.)
- Travel support for speakers at the IAFP meetings
- Developing Scientist Competition
- Shipment of JFP and FPT journals to developing countries through FAO
- Travel Award for State or Local Health or State Agricultural Department Employees
- Travel Award for a Food Safety Professional in a Developing Country