Taking Food Waste Off the Menu
4.28.17 – Today is the first National Stop Food Waste Day! Food Forward works to fight food waste all year long and we are always eager to support initiatives that spotlight this serious issue, like Feeding the 5000 Los Angeles on May 4th, 2017.
Hosted by Feedback as part of the Los Angeles Times ‘Food Bowl’ festival, Feeding the 5000 LA will prove that while there’s no shortage of delicious food in the City of Angels, there’s plenty to do to take food waste off the menu. It is estimated 40% of food across the US is wasted. While food – and water – is thrown away in vast quantities, Los Angeles also has the largest population of food insecure people in the United States.
To spotlight the issue of food waste, and its massive climate and environmental impacts, organizations across LA are coming together on Thursday, May 4th in Pershing Square for a festival which invites thousands to a delicious meal made from top quality ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Paella made from food that would have been wasted at the Feeding the 5000 event in Washington DC
Food Forward is proud to contribute to the Feeding the 5000 meal by supplying fruits and vegetables recovered by our Wholesale Recovery Program. The Wholesale Recovery Program works out of the Downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, the second largest wholesale market in the country. With huge amounts of produce comes huge amounts of waste, and the Food Forward staff steps in, just in time, to divert fresh, healthy food to the people in our community who need it most. In 2016 alone, this program ensured 13.7 million pounds of fresh produce was donated to local hunger relief agencies across eight Southern California counties.
Also taking part in the Feeding the 5000 event are The L.A. Kitchen, who will be preparing the meal, and some of the local anti-hunger groups that Food Forward works with: Swipe Out Hunger, HALA, Downtown Women’s Center, Food Finders, PATH, LAHSA, and Skid Row Housing Trust.
This event is open to everyone! Please RSVP on the Facebook page and invite your friends!
If you are interested in volunteering with the Feeding the 5000 meal preparation, visit Feedback’s website.