DC Food Recovery Week

October 19-26, 2019


We are excited to announce an awesome schedule of events for the 4th annual DC Food Recovery Week! Each fall, the DC Food Recovery Working Group organizes events across the region to spotlight, celebrate and advocate for all the ways we can reduce and divert food waste and feed more people in DC.  Take a class. Attend a film screening. Get trained to be a composter. Whatever your tastes — we have an event for you!

Moco Food Rescue Week

For the second year in a row, we are partnering with Manna Food Center in Montgomery County, MD, who has organized a fantastic parallel week of events for Community Food Rescue Week, including a cooking class with recovered food, a gleaning trip, and a cooking competition! Find more information here: www.mocofoodrescueweek.org

2019 DC Food Recovery Week Schedule

— Saturday, October 19th — 

Gleaning with AFAC

Location: Local farms and orchards in Winchester, VA
Time: morning

Volunteer to help harvest excess produce and fruit at local farms

Email volunteer4afac@afac.org to sign up and learn more

DC Department of Parks and Recreation Compost Cooperative Training
Location: Howard University Compost Cooperative, 2255 Sherman Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001
Time: 1:00 -2:00 pm

Take this one-hour training and then you can join any DPR community compost cooperative, allowing you to drop off your food scraps, help turn them into compost and use the finished product!

Register and learn more at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/compost-cooperative-training-tickets-72310311087

— Sunday, October 20th —

Food Waste Reduction Tips and Activities at the Fairlington Farmers Market

Location: Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22206
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteers table to learn ways to reduce food waste and encourage cooking at home by providing cooking and food storage tips, recipes, and nutrition activities for kids.

— Monday, October 21st — 

Waste Not: Food Waste, Resource Conservation, and You

LocationNortheast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Time: 7:00- 8:30 pm

This class will review the causes of food waste and ways to reduce it, debunking myths along the way. You’ll learn about the environmental damage caused by food waste, and food recovery efforts that help feed local communities.

Register and learn more at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waste-not-food-waste-resource-conservation-and-you-tickets-72394083653 

— Tuesday, October 22nd — 

DPR Brownbag: Overview of Food Recovery in DC

LocationREI, 201 M Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Time: 12:00- 1:00 pm

Attend this brownbag session to learn about all the different local opportunities in DC for consumers and businesses to recover their food and make a difference.

Register and learn more at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dpr-brown-bag-overview-of-food-recovery-in-dc-tickets-71404218941 

Sierra Club Commercial Composting Forum

Location: Shaw Library, 400 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Sierra Club’s Washington, DC chapter is hosting a Composting Forum where you can learn how to bring composting to multi-family residences (apartment, condos, and co-ops). The Forum will feature composting service providers as well as residents of properties who have implemented a composting program to discuss lessons learned, best practices, and how to implement a similar program at your multi-family residence.

— Wednesday, October 23rd — 

Zero Waste & Package Free Shopping Workshop

LocationMOM’s Organic Market, 1501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Learn how to reduce waste while shopping, purchase items with no or little packaging, and options for bulk including household and personal care items. After the workshop participants will tour the Mom’s Organic Grocery Store Bulk Aisle for a hands-on package free shopping experience.

Register and learn more at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-waste-package-free-shopping-workshop-tickets-72078981173 

Should You Eat or Toss that Food? (Class)

LocationSoutheast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Ever looked at that sprouting potato, spotty apple or scarred tomato and wondered if it was safe to eat? In this class, Rachael Jackson, founder of EatOrToss.com, will share images and talk through the science behind “questionable” items in your produce drawer and pantry. The goal is to take the “doubt” out of “when in doubt throw it out,” so you can more confidently assess your food and waste less.

Register and learn more at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/should-you-eat-or-toss-that-food-tickets-71955806755

Film Screening: Growing Cities

LocationReinsch Auditorium on Marymount’s Campus (2807 N Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22207). The Auditorium is in the Library that is most easily accessed from the entrance on 26th Street.

Time: 7:00 pm

Growing Cities is a documentary that follows two friends as they travel across the United States to better understand Urban Agriculture in America. What they find, in each city they explore, is that the impact of Urban Agriculture on these communities is far greater than the food that is produced.

— Thursday, October 24th — 

Food Recovery Week Happy Hour and Mixer

LocationPatagonia Washington DC, 3104 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Meet and mix with DC’s food recovery professionals! This tabling event, hosted by Patagonia Georgetown, is a keystone of DC Food Recovery Week. Plenty of the city’s food-recovery heavy-hitters will be there, as will beer and food! Chat with folks from the DC Food Recovery Working Group, Eat or Toss, Compost Alex, Loop Closing, Food Rescue US, and the DC Department of Public Works. Soothe your social awkwardness with beer before engaging in hearty discussion about the latest in composting, ugly foods, and food waste prevention.

Register and learn more at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-recovery-week-happy-hour-mixer-tickets-73423671177

— Saturday, October 26th — 

Gleaning with AFAC

Location: Local farms and orchards in Winchester, VA
Time: morning

Volunteer to help harvest excess produce and fruit at local farms

Email volunteer4afac@afac.org to sign up and learn more

Household Food Waste Workshop
Location: Petworth Public Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
Time: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Learn tips, tricks, recipes and strategies for wasting less food at home and saving money while you’re at it! You’ll leave this workshop armed with new ideas and resources to become a food waste warrior in your own kitchen.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/household-food-waste-workshop-tickets-71807687727

We look forward to seeing you at our events this year!