FEEDING THE 5,000
Food waste poses a huge environmental and social threat on a global scale. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “if global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after the US and China” (2011). In Calgary, there are approximately 178,285 tonnes of food wasted annually! It is estimated that over 50% of this waste is preventable, and thereby suitable for human consumption.
In order to reach the City of Calgary’s zero waste goal, or at the very least, 70% waste diversion by 2025, food waste prevention needs be addressed rather than merely having diversion strategies.
The Feeding the 5000 event will exemplify practices of food waste prevention by having volunteer chefs create delicious free meals for over 5000 people in Calgary using entirely diverted food from landfills. Participants will be asked to make public commitments to reduce their own food waste and continue the food waste reduction conversation beyond the event. By showcasing the knowledge of our community partners the event will share food waste reduction techniques with 5000 citizens, encouraging them to make food conservation choices in their own lives.