The Foundation's Future of Food initiative began in 2012 as a collaboration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Feeding America and National Dairy Council. The initial work of this collaboration engaged nutrition and hunger relief professionals to increase awareness about food insecurity while promoting access to healthy food and quality nutrition education in food banks. In the summer of 2013, the Academy Foundation Board of Directors voiced their support to expand the scope of the Future of Food initiative.
Since then, the initiative — through an educational grant from Elanco — has devoted efforts to increase member awareness about agriculture and advances in agricultural technology to support sustainable food systems as well as a safe and nutritious food supply for the growing world population. The new collaboration brings together health professionals including registered dietitian nutritionists, the agriculture and food production industry and hunger relief professionals.