RescueDishDC is on! Go to these restaurants & fight food waste with your fork


This weekend #RescueDishDC kicks off, with more than a dozen DC restaurants highlighting how delicious minimizing food waste can be.

From ricotta made from extra latte milk to cabbage cores pickled for taco fillings, these restaurants are showcasing their ingenuity as a part of DC Food Recovery Week. Whether you care deeply about sustainability, or just want to try something you’ve never tried before, #RescueDishDC will make you rethink “waste.” For a full list of participating restaurants go here.

Restaurants, which often operate on slim profit margins, have long been skilled at making sure very little goes to waste. #RescueDishDC is designed to celebrate and spotlight that creativity, while also inspiring home cooks to reexamine the potential tasty ingredients that they may be throwing away. Carrot greens, pickling brine, extra dough, herb stems, lemon rinds–all of them can live on in delicious ways.

Hungry yet? Here’s a quick sample of what’s on offer for #RescueDishDC (Click here for a full list and more details on the dishes):

  • ANXO – Cider made from foraged apples
  • Little Red Fox – roasted carrots with latte-milk ricotta and carrot-green pesto
  • Mellow Mushroom (Adams Morgan) – Caesar salad with bread-end croutons & bruschetta with tomato ends
  • National Geographic Cafeteria – veggie chips made from pulp leftover after juicing
  • Santa Rosa Taqueria – Taco stuffed with pickled cabbage core and portobello stems
  • Teaism – salmon belly served with pickled collard stems

#RescueDishDC, in its inaugural year, is organized by the DC Food Recovery Working Group and goes from Saturday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 28.

“We have a great lineup of restaurants,” said Rachael Jackson, a Working Group board member who writes about funky-looking food dilemmas at “I’ve learned so much from their creative dishes and can’t wait to visit them all during DC Food Recovery Week.”

As if supporting efforts to reduce food waste and enjoying fantastic food weren’t enough, you can also win a restaurant gift card via the #RescueDishDC initiative. Just tweet or post public Facebook images of your food and/or drinks with the hashtag #RescueDishDC and you could win a meal at one of the participating restaurants.


Announcing DC Food Recovery Week!

We just announced DC Food Recovery Week! Please see our press release below and share widely!

CONTACT:  Josh Singer,

DC Food Recovery Week set for October 21 – 28

Wide variety of events focus on cutting waste, feeding more people

Get ready to save some food! DC Food Recovery Week is just around the corner. From Saturday, October 21 to Saturday, October 28, events across the region will spotlight, celebrate and advocate for all the ways we can reduce food waste and feed more people in metro DC.

Coordinated by the DC Food Recovery Working Group (DCFRWG), this week of events will include something for everyone who likes to eat and hates to waste. Young kids can pick out ghoulish gourds at the Ugly Pumpkin Block Party. Families and service groups can go on a gleaning outing with the University of the District of Columbia. DIYers can attend a class on food preservation and foodies will want to hit up all the restaurants participating in #RescueDishDC – an effort to highlight the creative ways DC chefs make use of ingredients you might assume are waste.  Please see a full list of events, some of which require advance registration, at

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, as much as 40 percent of food in the United States gets thrown away. Yet, 13 percent of homes nationwide are food insecure. The DC Food Recovery Working Group is made up of representatives from a variety of organizations tackling different angles of the food waste problem, from legislation to excess food distribution to composting. Some of the DC Food Recovery Week events are organized directly by the Working Group, while others are sponsored by affiliated organizations. All events will help people in the region understand and act on this important issue.

This is the second time the DC Food Recovery Working Group has organized a week of events. In May of 2016, the newly formed group hosted its inaugural week of action.

“Since we first created this group, we’ve discovered and created so many exciting food recovery initiatives and resources across the city,”  said Josh Singer, Community Garden Specialist for the DC government and co-founder of  the DCFRWG. “During DC Food Recovery Week we hope to highlight all those amazing efforts while also demonstrating how every Washingtonian can have an impact.”

Stay up to date by following @DCFoodRecovery and hashtags #FoodRecoveryWeek and #RescueDishDC on Twitter and Facebook. We can also provide visuals upon request.

DC’s First Food Runner Program!

Want to Recover Donated Food for People who Need it at Your Convenience?

Try DC’s First Food Runner Program!

40% of all food produced in the US ends up in the dump and close to 20% of all families in DC feel some form of food insecurity. This is why organizations in DC and all over the country are working to recover the food before it gets to the dump and direct it to people who need it the most.

But one major barrier to food recovery is transportation. How do you get the extra food from a restaurant to a food pantry when neither organization has the capacity to transport the food? One solution to this dilemma is a food runner program.

Exactly 1 year ago a small group of people working at different food recovery organizations in DC decided to form the DC Food Recovery Working Group in order to promote food recovery programs and organizations happening in DC and develop new city-wide food recovery programs.  To decide what to focus on we brainstormed all the barriers to donating food and there was one barrier that kept coming up in every scenario…transportation.

The working group decided to reach out to food runner organizations to see if anyone was interested in starting DC’s first food runner program.  A food runner program is usually an app or website that coordinates volunteers to help transport extra food to food pantries, removing the transportation barrier.  We eventually found the non-profit Community Plates that was already interested in DC for their next food runner site.


The working group partnered with Community Plates to build a network of places in DC that have extra food (restaurants, farmers markets, schools, caterers, etc.), food pantries that need food, and volunteers to help transport the food.  In September, Community Plates did a soft launch in DC and immediately started to recover food.

I signed up for the program by downloading an app (or you sign up on the website if you don’t like apps) that showed me a variety of places in DC that have extra food, what time the pickups are, and where to take the food for donation.  As someone who is not app savvy I found it incredibly easy.  I was able to search for the right pickup that was most convenient for me by location and time and I signed up for a pickup.

My pickup was at the 6th and I Synagogue on a Saturday at 1pm.  Super convenient for me.  I was also sent detailed instructions to a food pantry 10 minutes away to drop it off.  I rescued enough food to easily feed 50 people and it took me less that 30 minutes.

If you’re looking for a way to make a huge difference at your convenience without much effort or inconvenience, check out DC’s First Food Runner Program Community Plates.

If you would like to be a Community Plates food rescuer in DC you can sign up here: or contact the DC Site Director, Kate Urbank at for more information.

Check Out all the food I recovered!!!!