Operation: Food Rescue
Eugene tosses 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill each year. Half of this food waste comes from homes. The other half comes from commercial food-generating businesses. When food waste goes to the landfill its breakdown creates harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Food waste is not an issue confined to Eugene. In the United States, an estimated 20-40% of food never makes it to the grocery store – mostly because of excessively strict cosmetic standards. Globally, a third of all the food produced in the world is never consumed.
Food waste creates huge issues both locally and abroad. Luckily, we have solutions and opportunities to change that.
This event features a spotlight on wonky and imperfect produce! Half of the produce grown in the U.S. is trashed because it’s bruised, misshapen, discolored or has some other deformity that’s non-threatening. While all this food goes to waste, 1 in 6 Oregonians go hungry. At Operation: Food Rescue, you will learn how to get involved in food justice initiatives locally.
Additionally, the event will include a delicious meal made by Marché Opens a New Window. from would-be wasted ingredients with a suggested sliding scale donation of $5-15. No one will be turned away due to financial hardship. Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/operation-food-rescue-tickets-47311803879 Opens a New Window. or will be available in-person on the day-of the event. Donations for the event will go to Willamette Farm & Food Coalition Opens a New Window. 's Double Up Food Bucks Program. Live music by Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts Opens a New Window. and the Ukulele All-Stars.
This event could not be possible without our amazing food donor partners:
- Lane County Farmers Market Opens a New Window.
- Ambrosia Farm Opens a New Window.
- Organic Redneck Opens a New Window.
- Sweet Leaf Organics Opens a New Window.
- Red Hat Melons Opens a New Window.
- The Bread Stop Bakery Opens a New Window.
- Winter Green Farm Opens a New Window.
- Turnip the Beet Farm Opens a New Window.
And our organizational partners...
- Eugene Area Gleaners Opens a New Window.
- Eugene Burrito Brigade Opens a New Window.
- Hummingbird Wholesale Opens a New Window.
- Mountain Rose Herbs Opens a New Window.
There will also be kid-friendly games and fun activities for people of all ages. Including an imperfect-produce giveaway sponsored by Willamette Farm & Food Coalition Opens a New Window. , a free food-waste themed photo booth by Smile Photo Booth Opens a New Window. , and an "ugly" fruit and veg photo contest with prizes!
To volunteer, sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/PQiKPq3IZNKElanY2 Opens a New Window.
For our inaugural event in 2017, over 130 residents attended and enjoyed an evening of free, delicious food and inspiring local speakers.