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DC Food Recovery Working Group Week of Action

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Date(s) - 14/May/2016 - 20/May/2016
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The DC Food Recovery Working Group is a partner organization in Feeding the 5000 DC.

From May 14-20th, the DC Food Recovery Working Group will be hosting a week of events, workshops and lectures around food recovery in the District. Food Recovery is an umbrella term for reducing food waste through multiple strategies such as food donations, composting, and source reduction. In addition to these great events, the DC Food Recovery Working Group will be releasing the DC Food Recovery Resource Guide this week to help DC communities better access and support food recovery programs. This resource guide will be published in May on the DPW website at dpw.dc.gov.

Learn more about the DC Food Recovery Working Group here. Check out the schedule of events and details on each listings, below.

PRE-WEEK EVENTS

Friday, May 6th

  • CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK SUMMIT
    Friday, May 6th 8-1pm
    4900 Puerto Rico Ave NEThe Capital Area Food Bank Summit is an annual event to inspire and celebrate partners. The Summit offers attendees opportunities to TAKE ACTION through teaching, advocating, and sharing stories. This year’s theme, A Community Response to Hunger, will highlight the impact that we are making together in the neighborhoods we serve. Event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Monday, May 9th

  • FOOD AND SUSTAINABILITY: A NIGHT OF SHORT FILMS
    Monday May 9th – 6pm
    Martin Luther King Jr. Library at 901 G StreetJoin us for a screening of short films about food and sustainability to learn more about where your food comes from, and to learn more about local initiatives that address problems within our present food system.

Tuesday, May 10th

  • FOOD SUSTAINABILITY: SEEDS FOR THOUGHT
    Hosted by the United Women in Business Foundation
    Tuesday May 10th, 6:30 – 8:15 PMAbout a third of the planet’s food goes to waste, often because of its looks. That’s enough to feed two billion people. But according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, enough food exists—globally, 2.9 trillion pounds a year—to feed every one of them more than twice over. Where’s all that food going?Ugly produce is getting a huge makeover. DC entrepreneurs are jumping onto the scene addressing urban, community-driven solutions to food waste. Join UWIB in celebrating the local diversity of leaders, thinkers, and businesswomen working to build a more socially and environmentally sustainable local food system, improve health, and change how we think about food. We anticipate you’ll leave feeling inspired to action!
  • FRIENDS OF URBAN AGRICULTURE (FOUA) PRESENTS “ARLINGTON’S FOOD SHED”
    Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7-8:30 PM
    Arlington County Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St.Please join the Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture for their next quarterly meeting to hear several speakers portraying various perspectives on Arlington’s food shed. All are welcome!

Wednesday, May 11th

  • FOOD WASTE SUMMIT: INFORMING A CONSUMER’S GUIDE
    Wednesday May 11th, 8-4pm
    Pew Conference Center
    901 E St NWJoin us as we discuss:

    • Discuss ongoing consumer-facing initiatives related to food waste in the public, private and civic sectors
    • Develop a prioritized list of actions needed over the next 24 months to reach consumers and effect change
    • Identify the success factors in implementing those actions (e.g.,partnerships and collaboration, resources and data, alignment in policy or practice)

Thursday, May 12th

  • KCDC WORKSHOP: WASTE NOT: FOOD WASTE, RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND YOU
    Thursday May 12th, 6pmThe American food industry discards 150 million pounds of food every day — the equivalent of 523 Titanics per year! This class will review the causes of food waste and ways to reduce it, debunking myths along the way. (For example, is the food you are throwing out actually bad?) In addition, you’ll learn how to co-opt this system of entitlement to help feed the world and save the environment, and how to limit your participation in systems of economic oppression.

WEEK OF ACTION EVENTS

Saturday, May 14th

  • 24TH ANNUAL LETTER CARRIERS STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE
    Saturday, May 14th – all day & everywhereThis is one of the largest national food drives that occurs across the country. On the second Saturday of May, just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual. The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry). If your donation is not picked up, contact your local post office or simply place your donation by your mailbox on Monday instead. (We’ll be picking up missed donations on Monday, too.) And of course, your local food banks and pantries will gratefully accept your donation in person.
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  • WORM-POWERED COMPOSTING WORKSHOP BY ILSR & ECO CITY FARMS NEIGHBORHOOD SOIL REBUILDERS PROGRAMS
    Saturday May 14th, 10-1pm
    EW Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School – 3700 Oakview Terrace NEVermicomposting (composting done by worms) is a great way to start composting at home or in your community — the worms do most of the work! This workshop will cover benefits of vermicompost, and tips and tricks for proper worm-husbandry. Participants will learn to build simple worm-bins that they can use at home.
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Sunday, May 15th

  • WANGARI GARDENS COMPOST COOPERATIVE WORKSHOP
    Sunday, May 15th 2-3pm
    Wangari Gardens – Corner of Kenyan and Park Pl NWDPR’s Urban Gardens Division is currently recruiting community members who wish to start composting their food waste at DPR gardens and partner gardnes to join the new DPR Community Compost Cooperative Network. This will be a network of trained compost cooperatives at each DPR garden that will work towards creating high quality compost from garden and food waste. Join us at Wangari Gardens to learn more about the program and to take the training that will allow you to join any of the 50 compost cooperatives around the city.Please RSVP at wangarigardens@gmail.com
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Monday, May 16th

  • DPR DEANWOOD REC NIGHT OF FOOD RECOVERY WORKSHOPS AND LECTURE
    Monday, May 16th, 6-9pm
    Deanwood Rec Center – 1350 49th St NEJoin DC Parks and Rec for a night of mini food recovery workshops and lectures

    • ALTERNATIVE EDIBLES IN THE GARDEN
      6-7pm
      Learn to maximize your garden harvests or supermarket produce by using the parts of your plants you didn’t realize could be delicious.
    • FOOD RECOVERY BMPs W/ ARLINGTON FOOD ASSISTANCE CENTER (AFAC)
      7-8pm
      In this workshop we will discuss different methods by which a local food pantry reduces food waste, including gleaning, food recovery, educational programs, composting, recycling, and the Choice Model, while considering food safety.
    • DISCUSSION ABOUT FOOD DATE LABELING
      8-9PM
      Confusing and varied date labels on food products can lead to perfectly edible food being thrown out in stores and households, and can often prevent food being donated to food banks. Join us for a discussion on the issue from a policy and food science perspective. Learn about what foods could really be of concern if not stored properly.
      Register!

Tuesday, May 17th

  • DISCO CHOP PARTY (PREP EVENT FOR FEEDING THE 5000)
    Tuesday May 17th, 9-3pm
    St. Luke’s Mission in the Fellowship Hall – 3655 Calvert St NWCome along to the Washington D.C. Disco Chop Party on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016. Help us prepare for the Feeding the 5000 Washington DC event on May 18. Hundreds of volunteers will groove to music while peeling and chopping rescued vegetables to be served at the main festival.
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  • FOOD BANK FEATURE: OUTDOOR SCREENING OF “JUST EAT IT” AT THE CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK
    Tuesday, May 17th, 7:30pm-9:15pmJoin the Capital Area Food Bank in our Urban Demonstration Garden for a screening of Just Eat It. Bring your dinner and movie snacks and learn how the Capital Area Food Bank saves 33 million pounds of nutritious food from landfills each year and challenge yourself to find changes YOU can make at home!
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Wednesday, May 18th

  • FEEDING THE 5000 DC
    Wednesday, May 18th, 11-4pm
    Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NWThousands of members (5000!) of the public will be provided with a delicious free feast, sourced entirely from fresh top-quality produce that would have otherwise been wasted.
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  • DPW ORGANIC SUMMIT: PATH TO ZERO WASTE
    Wednesday May 18th 1-5pm
    Ronald Reagan Building – Polaris Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NWJoin a long list of amazing speakers talking about topics such as household food waste source reduction, food donation, community composting, yard waste and food waste curbside collection, and accelerating organics recovery infrastructure development.
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  • DPR RAYMOND REC NIGHT OF FOOD RECOVERY WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES
    Register!
    Wednesday May 18th, 6-9pm
    Raymond Rec Center – 3725 10th St NW
    Join DC Parks and Rec for a night of mini food recovery workshops and lectures

    • BAKING WITH SPENT BREWERY GRAINS
      6-7pm
      Join Carina Gervacio, Program Director of Brainfood, to learn how to bake a variety of foods from brewery spent grains used to brew beer.
    • BMPs OF URBAN DUMPSTER DIVIN
      7-8pm
      Learn about the ins, outs and best practices for urban dumpster diving in DC and why its so important to food recovery.
    • FOOD PRESERVATION RECIPES W/ FOOD RECOVERY NETWORK
      8-9pm
      Join Regina Northouse, ED of Food Recovery network, as she talks about the different ways to preserve food and shares her favorite recipes.

Thursday, May 19th

Friday, May 20th

  • K ST FARM FOOD RECOVERY HAPPY HOUR
    Friday May 20th, 5:30-8pm
    111 K Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming K Street Farm Happy Hour in celebration of the DC Food Recovery Network’s “week of action.” The farm will be booming with produce and… 4 beautiful chickens! We’ll kick off the evening with a welcome from Regina Northouse, ED of the Food Recovery Network. Then, special guest chef, Ruben Garcia, the Creative Director for Think Food Group, will lead an interactive demonstration to share techniques for cooking that eliminate food waste. With produce from the K Street Farm, you will learn how to more thoughtfully conceive of dishes utilizing the whole vegetable – from roots to seeds. Bourbon cocktails will be provided from Catoctin Creek Distillery and beer from 3 Stars Brewering Co.
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