Feeding the 5000 Portland, Maine

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Date(s) - 07/October/2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Monument Square

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On Friday, October 7, Feeding the 5000 Portland brought together an alliance of organizations to raise awareness of food waste and the social and environmental impacts on this global problem – all while shining a light on the menu of local solutions that exist to tackle it in Maine. Conceptualized as part of Feedback’s Feeding the 5000 campaign in the US, made possible by support from The Rockefeller Foundation, the event drew attention to Maine’s priorities around preventing wasted food and building its regional food system’s capacity to feed more people based on existing resources .

From 11am-4pm in Portland’s Monument Square, this community-driven festival celebrated tasty remedies by cooking a meal for thousands from fresh, top-quality goods and produce that would otherwise have been wasted. Meals were also prepared and transported to a network of soup kitchens and food pantries, and possibly produced for our local schools.

In addition to the free meal, event activities included cooking demonstrations, bagging of surplus vegetables for local charity organizations, prepared remarks from partners, and booths staffed by local organizations.

Communities were invited and encouraged to get involved with the lead up to Feeding the 5000 Portland. Whether that was via a gleaning effort to collecting produce still lingering in the fields, or at a Disco Chop, where volunteers groove to music while peeling and chopping rescued vegetables to be served at the main festival, or on the day itself, we asked why not join the movement and VOLUNTEER?

Feeding 5000 Portland is co-hosted by:

Cumberland County Food Security Council, Healthy Acadia, and the Natural Resource Council of Maine

In Partnership with:

Feedback, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Portland Food Co-op, Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program, The Locker Project, Maine Farmland Trust, Good Shepherd Food Bank, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and The City of Portland

Find out more about Feedback’s US Feeding the 5000 campaign, here: