Food waste movement heating up in North America

6th Oct 17 by Christina O'Sullivan

The food waste movement in North America is growing and taking on a life of its own.

In 2016, we brought our flagship campaign Feeding the 5000 to America. At each event, we serve up a delicious communal feast for 5000 people made entirely out of food that would otherwise have been wasted. We bring together a coalition of organisations that offer the solutions to food waste, raising the issue up the political agenda and inspiring new local initiatives.

Last year, in collaboration with over 100 partner organizations we fed thousands of people across America from food that would have otherwise been wasted.

The food waste movement in North America is growing and taking on a life of its own. It is so inspiring and empowering to see food waste warriors across the world stepping up to the plate to fight this global scandal.

Here’s what’s coming up

Maine Gleaning Week, October 7-16

Following the huge success of Feeding the 5000 Portland, Maine will host Gleaning Week. Throughout the week, participating organisations will host gardening, gleaning, and family fun events to highlight ways we can all reduce food waste and make healthy local food more accessible to those in need. The World Food Day event will wrap up with the Maine premiere of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.

For more information and a statewide calendar of Gleaning Week events, visit

 Feeding the Hudson Valley, October 7

Feeding the Hudson Valley is a celebration of positive solutions to the issue of food waste. In addition to a free lunch, the event will include live music, expert speakers, local chef demonstrations, educational activities and resources to create awareness about food waste, food recovery, food waste prevention and feeding hungry people, not landfills.

For more information visit

Feeding the 5000 Toronto, October 8

A Thanksgiving feast for 5000 will raise awareness of the 1 billion pounds of food wasted in Toronto last year, while inspiring guests to take action through an array of demos, activities and cook-offs. Hosted by Food Network star Bob Blumer, in collaboration with Second Harvest, Toronto Food Policy Council, Food Systems Lab, Food Banks Canada and George Brown, Feeding the 5000 is a free event that calls on the community to consider how they, too, can transform our future for the better, for everyone.

Feeding the 5000 Toronto is part of EDIT, more information here.

Feeding the 5000 Austin Texas, October 19

Join Texas’ first Feeding the 5000, this communal feast at Texas State Capitol, South Lawn is open to all. In addition to the free lunch, Feeding the 5000 Austin will feature a variety of activities, including cooking demonstrations, guest speakers, community organizations, and more. For more informationvisit

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Want to organise your own food waste event?

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