American Food Heroes is our annual list of people making food in America better right now. Help us choose next year's winners!
Portrait of Trevino Sauceda with 2021 American Food Heroes written in the lower portion of the frame

The editors of EatingWell are compiling our sixth annual list of the visionaries working to make food in America better right now. This year feels like a particularly significant moment to be recognizing those doing good in our communities and for our country. A few of our previous winners include celebrity chef and activist José Andrés; Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot; congresswoman and farm bill advocate Chellie Pingree; former Unilever CEO Paul Polman; and Birgit Cameron, co-founder of Patagonia Provisions. We want to know who you think deserves to make our 2022 list. 

EatingWell's mission is to shine a light on the most important food, sustainability and nutrition issues of the day. We help readers understand where their food comes from and its impact on the environment, health, family and community. Our annual list recognizes and celebrates those doing great work on all of these fronts. 

To help select this year's American Food Heroes, we're inviting top experts, journalists, farmers, politicians, activists and leaders, like you, to submit nominations. We will gather and vet all submissions—paying special attention to accomplishments made in the past year. A feature profiling the winners will appear in the July/August 2022 issue of EatingWell and on our website as well.  

Submissions should include a brief write-up (up to 250 words) about why you think the contender is a leader in the world of healthy food, with emphasis on the achievements he or she has made in the past year. Please send your submissions to

The deadline for entries is January 15, 2022.

EatingWell American Food Heroes Winners: