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Andrew is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson College, where he shares his experiences and mentors Babson students through a partnership with The Lewis Institute’s Social Innovation Lab to further innovation in the food system. Every year, Andrew manages students through on-line office hours and curates Babson’s Food Day, a day of celebration that promotes food entrepreneurship for the college’s growing community of food industry leaders and the next generation of food influencers. It’s one of the only Food Day’s officially sanctioned by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Through the James Beard Foundation, Andrew funds Andrew Zimmern’s Second Chances Scholarship, which offers a student that has faced insurmountable challenges a second chance to follow their culinary pursuits.
In 2018, The International Rescue Committee, founded by Albert Einstein in 1939 as a non-governmental organization that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, named Andrew as the IRC Voice For Nutrition. In this role, Andrew works to improve the nutritional options of resettled refugees in the United States and focuses on global malnutrition and raises awareness of the IRC’s New Roots program. This nation-wide program (58 farms in 13 cities) aims at engaging low-income families in urban agriculture, nutrition education, and healthy food access. In addition, Andrew’s partnership with the IRC tackles the global malnutrition crisis amongst those displaced and in areas of conflict.
As a community-led organization, AFC acts as an economic stimulus package by strengthening families, creating economic prosperity, and encouraging healthy living. As a special advisor to the organization’s CEO, Andrew helps steer high-level decision making so that the AFC can maintain a stronger foothold within the Minneapolis community. He has spoken at various events and lent his time to assist with the fundraising for the organization.
Ever since Andrew’s friend Ashley Stanley began Lovin’ Spoonfuls back in 2010, he has been a strong supporter of their mission to facilitate the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. Serving on their Advisory Board, Andrew has assisted them in their rescue of over 12 million pounds of food.
Andrew works with One.org to help spread the word about their various campaigns to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. One of their recent campaigns included advocating for gender equality across the African continent.
Andrew is proud to support No Kid Hungry through the distribution of AZ and the Lost City of Ophir. No Kid Hungry is a charitable campaign created by Share Our Strength that has fed 775 million meals to children since its inception in 2010. Working with local partners across the country, they ensure kids get the food they need, like healthy breakfast at school and free meals during the summertime.
Through Food Policy Action’s sponsorship, Plate of the Union serves as a campaign to shift federal food policy to better serve all Americans. Andrew has been apart of this campaign since 2017, along with many other top U.S. chefs. Some of their goals include promoting nutrition programs, clean drinking water and other environmental protections, consumer transparency, and standards that improve food safety and accessibility.
Andrew sits on the Board of Directors of Services for the UnderServed (SUS), which provides housing and support services to the homeless and economically disadvantaged New Yorkers with special needs due to a mental, developmental or physical disability often compounded by homelessness, HIV/AIDS, inadequate education, substance abuse, or a history of institutionalization. Andrew has served on the board since 2013 and created the SUS annual Dinner for a Better New York.
Andrew also sits on the Board of Directors of Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative hunger relief organizations. In 2017, they helped provide more than 81 million meals to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Since 2018, Andrew has been the organization’s Honorary Chair.
Andrew sits on the Board of Directors of Taste of the NFL, a non-profit organization dedicated to kicking hunger in America. Andrew has been an active participant in their various fundraising efforts since 2012, promoting their Kick Hunger Challenge campaign and hosting the Party with a Purpose fundraising event. His work with Taste of the NFL went into high gear when Super Bowl LII came to Minneapolis in 2018. Along with being on the host committee, Andrew was named the official culinary ambassador for Super Bowl LII by the NFL, designing and curating a menu exclusively for NFL guests at their largest events.
Andrew co-developed and designed All of Us, a travel goods and apparel brand designed to promote greater global citizenship and openness, while also improving the travel experience. Founded in response to the increase in global humanitarian need and divisive political rhetoric in the United States, the brand aims to raise awareness of the scale of the humanitarian crisis and dedicates a portion of all sales to the relief programs of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Andrew believes that nothing can challenge perspective and open the heart and mind to humanity like travel and hopes that the brand will encourage curiosity and compassion among travelers.
Andrew has partnered with Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, to celebrate the many unique travel adventures, activities and attractions that can be found only in Minnesota. As an ambassador for his adoptive home state, Andrew helps to promote Minnesota as a one-of-a-kind destination through local events, social media and marketing campaigns.
Andrew is a contributing editor for Delta Sky magazine, writing a monthly column in which he shares his travel experiences and counsels readers on the benefits of getting off the beaten path and out of their comfort zones in order to change the way they see the world.
As a contributing editor and Chef in Residence to Food & Wine magazine, Andrew has shared travel and restaurant recommendations, as well as globally-inspired recipes for print and foodandwine.com.
Andrew is partnering with Verlasso to inform people of the benefits of sustainable fishing. Andrew is documenting the journey as Verlasso improves its aquaculture practices, including moving its farms and a proprietary new feed model to Chile. He will visit when seeding for the farms begin, and will revisit the farms several times until the fish is harvested.