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Feeding the 5000

Feeding the 5000 is Feedback’s flagship campaigning event to shine a light on the global food waste scandal, champion the delicious solutions and catalyse the global movement against food waste. At each event, we serve up a delicious communal feast for 5000 people made entirely out of food that would otherwise have been wasted, bringing together a coalition of organisations that offer the solutions to food waste, raising the issue up the political agenda and inspiring new local initiatives against food waste.

Our first ever Feeding the 5000 event was held in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2009. Since then Feeding the 5000 events have been held worldwide; from Paris to Dublin, Manchester, Sydney, Amsterdam and Brussels. In each location the events have had a lasting impact and catalysed action on food waste on a local and national level.

As part of these events, local communities are encouraged to become involved, be it through volunteering or attending in support. The public is also invited to sign up to the Food Waste Pledge, committing themselves to reduce their food waste and asking businesses and governments to do the same.


Upcoming events

Visit our event page for a complete list of upcoming events. If you are interested in organising an event in your city, get in touch with [email protected]

Past events


Feeding the 5000 events have taken place in cities around the world, catalysing food waste movements in countries including the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, and, most recently, the United States.

In Spring 2016, two U.S. cities held their inaugural Feeding the 5000 events: Feeding the 5000 NYC (May 10th, 2016) and Feeding the 5000 Washington DC (May 18th, 2016), setting the stage for a ramping up of the movement in America.

You can find a complete listing and additional details of past events on our Event page. Highlights from past Feeding the 5000 events in NYC, DC, London, Amsterdam (DamnFoodwaste) and Brussels are also available below.

Haven’t yet had the opportunity to participate in a Feeding the 5000 event? Take heart: you can also host your own event! Click here for inspiration!

Feeding the 5000 NYC

 Feeding the 5000 DC

(courtesy of National Geographic’s The Plate)


Feeding the 5000 Brussels

1st April 2014


Feeding the 5000 Amsterdam (Damn Food Waste)

29th June 2013

Damn Food Waste 29 juni 2013 from Food Cabinet on Vimeo.

Feeding the 5000 London, 2011