Feeding the 5000 NYC

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Date(s) - 10/May/2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Union Square, North Plaza

On Tuesday, May 10th from 11am-4pm, Feeding the 5000 NYC took over the North Plaza of Manhattan’s historic Union Square Park. Thousands of members of the public were provided with a delicious free feast, sourced entirely from fresh top-quality produce that would have otherwise been wasted. But that’s not all: 5000 further meals were also prepared and transported to City Harvest’s network of soup kitchens and food banks throughout the city!

Click here to see a full schedule of the day’s activities and speakers, or visit the event’s Facebook page to see more pictures, comments, and action from the day.


Feeding the 5000 NYC partners include: The Rockefeller FoundationCity 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, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Food Tank, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Salvation Farms, The Drexel Food Lab, AmpleHarvest.org, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Transfernation, and the Marble Collegiate Church.

Special Thanks are extended to: NYC catering company, Great Performances, for collaborating with us and cooking 5000 portions of delicious food for the event; Baldor Specialty Foods and Hunts Point Produce Market for donating fresh, quality surplus produce; Donaldson Farms for connecting us with farmers willing to donate surplus vegetables; Blue Hill for donating specialty food items; Chef Adam Kaye, Michelle Biscieglia, Homa Dashtaki, Chef Mark RussellChef Jason Weiner, Chef Evan Hanczor, and Chef Jeneé Grannum for donating time and talents for cooking demonstrations outlining delicious recipes that combat food waste; and Novamont, for donating the eco-friendly crockery used during the event.

Want to Get Involved in Future Events? 

Missed out on this round? Have no fear. There will also be further Feeding the 5000’s across the US as the food waste movement is catalysed in 2016 and beyond – if you would like to learn more about how to organise your own event, please get in contact with [email protected].