DC’s first Food Recovery Happy Hour Expo is Thursday!

For the first time, more than a dozen DC agencies, organizations and companies that work on food waste, are coming together to share their stories with the public. Find them at the Food Recovery Week Happy Hour Expo on Thursday!

The Georgetown Patagonia is hosting the event, where a diverse group of organizations, from the EPA to Compost Alex, will be tabling and sharing information about their work. Patagonia is providing food and drinks. In addition, ANXO Cidery will be offering free pours of “rescued” hard cider and Together We Bake will provide samples of products made from rescued produce.

Anyone looking to learn about food waste and reduce it in their homes and workplaces is encouraged to attend. Whether you’re a resident looking to volunteer, a business owner hoping to compost, or a student researching the issue, you’ll find a wealth of resources. Registration is recommended, but not required. Do so here.

The Happy Hour Expo is the central event of this year’s DC Food Recovery Week. Make sure to check out the full schedule of classes and gatherings too!

The following groups—and more—will be tabling at the event.

Check out the new DC Food Recovery Legal Guide; Updated just in time for FRW!

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Thanks to a partnership with the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and the DC Food Recovery Work Group, the DC Food Recovery Legal Guide has been updated and expanded just in time for Food Recovery Week, which starts today.

You can access the guide here. It is also listed under Policy and Law Resources on the FRWG website.

Policymakers, businesses, emergency food service providers, farmers, and community members interested in a detailed look at the laws, policies, and incentives that are continuing to evolve to reduce food waste will find this informative guide helpful.

First published in 2017, this 2019 guide reflects changes to law in the District of Columbia since the expansive D.C. Save Good Food Amendment Act was passed last year.

The guide provides answers to key questions on who is covered by the law, tax incentives for food donations, liability protections for donations, date labels, food safety, and food recovery in K-12 schools.

The new guide also includes a high-level overview of major laws and policies in neighboring Maryland and Virginia.

Fourth annual DC Food Recovery Week is Oct. 19 – 26!


Go gleaning. Eat upcycled tapas. Attend a happy hour expo of food-saving work across the region. But whatever you do, don’t waste a morsel from Oct. 19 to 26. It’s DC Food Recovery Week!

The week of events—the DC area’s annual push to address the approximately 40 percent of America’s food that gets dumped every year—is put on by the DC Food Recovery Working Group. A full list of events is available here.

Folks eager to learn can take classes covering topics like low-waste cooking, plastic-free shopping, and assessing whether produce is still good to eat. Those looking for a sustainable bite should head to the annual happy hour at Truxton Circle’s ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar, which will feature specials made from underutilized ingredients. For anyone craving a side of entertainment with their food waste awareness, multiple film screenings are on offer.

New this year will be the Food Recovery Week Happy Hour Expo, hosted by Patagonia’s Georgetown location. Representatives from organizations ranging from Food Rescue US to EatOrToss will be staffing tables to share their stories and encourage people to get involved. Drinks and snacks will be available at this free mixer on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The DC Food Recovery Working Group is an all-volunteer organization whose members come from food banks, non-profits, government agencies and for-profit, sustainability-minded businesses. This is the fourth annual Food Recovery Week and the second year that the DCFRWG has worked alongside Manna Food Center to bring awareness to the issue. Manna is offering a parallel slate of events, from Oct. 20 to 26, in Montgomery County, Md. Check out their Community Food Rescue Week, which includes a cooking competition, here. Zero Waste DC is also a promotional partner for the event.

When food is needlessly thrown away, the energy, land and resources used to produce it are thrown away too. And when that food is left to rot in landfills, it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. It’s particularly tragic to waste food when so many Americans are food insecure. The consequences of food waste are dire, but individual action can make a tremendous difference. It can also be fun! Promise!  Find out more by signing up for Food Recovery Week events!

Follow along on social media: @DCFoodRecovery on Twitter and Facebook, and make sure to tag your posts  #NoWastedFoodDC.

Media contact: Josh Singer, DC Food Recovery Working Group: dcfoodrecovery@gmail.com