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Every day, from harvest to plate, delicious food is being wasted. 40% of the food produced in Canada is never eaten while over 800,000 people are undernourished. Even here in the Metro Vancouver region, over one-third of the household food thrown away could have been eaten.

Feeding the 5000 (metro) Vancouver puts the topic of food waste back on the table. It’s a FREE LUNCH featuring fresh, delicious food from industry donors. Everything on the menu would otherwise have been wasted. Those attending will get a tasty free lunch, an appreciation of food waste in our region, a connection with those already taking action, and some inspiring ideas for reducing food waste in their own lives.

The first ever Feeding the 5000 event was held in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2009. Since then Feeding the 5000 events have been held worldwide; from Paris to Dublin, Manchester, Sydney, Amsterdam and Brussels. In each location the events have had a lasting impact and catalyzed action on food waste on a local and national level. The first Feeding the 5000 event in North America was held in Oakland in 2014.

On Wednesday, May 27th, we hosted the first Feeding the 5000 event in Canada, here in our home city of Vancouver. Here’s what it looked like:




Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver.
Cost: FREE!

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Chef Don Guthro
North Shore Culinary School


Jennifer Rustemeyer
Just Eat It film producer


Elaine Cheng
Food Connections


Peter Cech
Metro Vancouver


Florence Yip
F5K Volunteer Lead Coordinator


Celia Lam
F5K Marketing and Communications


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We’d love to hear from you!

Through this event, we desire to see individuals and organizations start initiatives to take action on doing something about food waste. If you’re already involved with rescuing food in the city, or have ideas brewing in your mind about things you’d like to launch. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Be a part of transforming our city’s food scene and represent Canada in this global food waste campaign!

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