FEEDING THE 5000Category: 2018, Community Grant, Current, Grant, Land Use
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, held on June 15, 2018 at Olympic Plaza, showcased food waste prevention by having volunteer chefs create and serve over 7500 portions for free to Calgarians using edible food that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. Participants were asked to make public commitments to reduce their own food waste and continue the food waste reduction conversation beyond the event. Community Partners showcased their knowledge and techniques in food waste reduction, and encouraged citizens to make food conservation choices in their own lives.