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!
Media contact: Josh Singer, DC Food Recovery Working Group: firstname.lastname@example.org