In a continuing effort…
To try and shed light on ending food waste at every level, Feedback, an environmental non-profit organization, is once again presenting a Food Waste Awareness Festival in New York City. This year’s event takes place on from 11am-4pm, May 10th at Union Square.
The event, known as Feeding the 5000, provides 5,000 members of the public with a free meal made entirely from fresh, top-quality ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. The food will be prepared in the kitchens of Great Performances Catering and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and will also provide an additional 5,000 meals to City Harvest’s network of local food banks and soup kitchens.
The event came into existence as a response to the growing recognition of the huge amount of food that is wasted on a daily basis around the world. The organization has worked to present events to help those in need as people have become more aware of how this food could be utilized to feed the homeless and less fortunate. Feedback, based in London, England, has been pushing to tackle food waste around the world for some time. Since 2009, they have presented over 34 Feeding the 5,000 events at various locations around the world, including Paris, Dublin, Milan, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Brussels.
The events are designed to raise awareness publically and to help educate the general public about making informed decisions regarding how they purchase and use food products. They are also a way to address the waste that occurs within the food industry and to seek ways in which supermarkets and restaurants can better use the food that is currently being thrown away each day.
This year Feeding the 5000 NYC is partnering with City Harvest, GRACE Communications Foundation, Sustainable America, The V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, NRDC, Center for Biological Diversity, EPA, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the NYC Office of the Food Policy Director, Food Recovery Network, The Sylvia Center, GrowNYC, Slow Food NYC, NYC Schools, the James Beard Foundation, UNEP, Food Tank, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Salvation Farms, The Drexel Food Lab, AmpleHarvest.org, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Transformation, and the Marble Collegiate Church.