During the 3rd Annual DC Food Recovery Week, Zero Waste DC participated in a food run with Food Rescue US, a food runner program that uses an app to coordinate volunteers, who want to fight food waste, to pick up extra food and transport it to the nearest food pantry. Lack of transportation is one of the leading causes for food waste. This program is a fast and easy way to save an enormous amount of food from being wasted. Check out this video to see what a food run looks like. If you have extra food to donate or want to help rescue extra food please follow this link.
Get ready to love your leftovers and compost like crazy! DC Food Recovery Week–the region’s annual push to reduce the astounding 40 percent of food that’s wasted in the United States–is almost here!
From Oct. 13 to 20, events across the region will spotlight, celebrate and advocate all the ways we can reduce waste and feed more people.
Those looking for a fun, thought-provoking outing might go on a restaurant walking tour, hit a film screening or attend a happy hour. People looking to reduce food waste in their households can take a variety of classes on cooking, composting and preserving. Looking for ways to reduce waste and help feed those in need at your faith community? Check out the presentation titled Food(Waste) & Faith. Most events are free, but require registration.
Put on by the DC Food Recovery Working Group, the week’s full schedule is available here. The DCFRWG is also excited to announce that a parallel Community Food Rescue Week, put on by Manna Food Center, will be taking place in Montgomery County; that schedule can be found here.
New to DC Food Recovery Week this year will be the RescueDish Restaurant Walking Tour. This foodie-oriented walk will hit several locations in the Dupont and Farragut areas that are creating innovative tastes from underutilized ingredients. Cabbage butts? Lemon peels? Spent brewers grain? They’ve all found loving homes in these sustainable kitchens. Tickets for the tour can be purchased on EventBrite.
“One of the best parts of the week is that there really is something for everyone,” said DCFRWG founder Josh Singer, who will be teaching a class on which of your garden’s weeds, flowers and stems can make great additions to your meals. “We have events for a wide variety of audiences, from foodies to professionals hoping make their organizations more sustainable.”
The silver lining of the food waste issue is that everyone eats, and therefore everyone is able to take impactful steps. Whether you’re just starting to take an interest in reducing food waste or have been composting and making carrot green pesto for years, signing up for DC Food Recovery Week events will help you make a difference!
DC Food Recovery Working Group