“May 18: Free Lunch for 5,000 from “salvaged” food w/DC Chefs, USDA, EPA”

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From a press release:


Feedback and DC Central Kitchen host a food festival that provides a delicious free lunchtime feast, made entirely from fresh, top-quality ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Top DC Chefs – José Andrés, Spike Mendelsohn, and Anthony Lombardo, food policy experts and local organizations will be on hand to inform the public on issue of unnecessary food waste

All are welcomed to attend and to take action by appealing to the food industry to enact voluntary measures to take #foodwaste #OffTheMenu


In an effort to inform the public on the issue of food waste, Feedback is launching its popular Feeding the 5000 food festival in D.C. for the first time. Every ingredient of the free lunch will be salvaged from the masses of perfectly good food that is often rejected by the food industry because of its shape or size, or left as surplus at the farm or wholesale level because it can’t find a market. Feeding the 5000 D.C. will feature a meal procured and prepared by DC Central Kitchen.

WHO: Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management, EPA; Tristram Stuart, Founder of and author of “Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal”

DC chefs José Andrés (Chairman Emeritus and Culinary Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves); Spike Mendelsohn (Chairman of DC’s Food Policy Council),; Anthony Lombardo;

Other acclaimed foodies and food policy experts lending their support to the festivities.

The event and culinary demonstrations will also showcase the work of partner organizations in the fight against food waste and will highlight a range of issues linked to the global food waste crisis and the practical solutions available.

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, Lunch is served between 11:00am and 4:00pm. From 8:00am – 10:00am, the food will be prepared and cooked at DC Central Kitchen, 425 2nd St NW. It will be transported to the plaza at 10:00 am.”

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