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. Our keynote speaker, Jordan Figueiredo, created the successful The “Ugly” Fruit & Veg Campaign. You can learn more about Jordan on our speaker bio page. The campaign uses funny, beautiful, and amazing images of less than perfect produce in order to highlight the 20-40% of all produce that goes to waste due to strict grocer cosmetic standards. (http://www.endfoodwaste.org).
Additionally, the event will include a delicious meal made by Marché 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 or will be available in-person on the day-of the event. Donations for the event will go to Willamette Farm & Food Coalition's Double Up Food Bucks Program. Live music by Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts and the Ukulele All-Stars.
This event could not be possible without our amazing food donor partners:
- Lane County Farmers Market
- Ambrosia Farm
- Organic Redneck
- Sweet Leaf Organics
- Red Hat Melons
- The Bread Stop Bakery
- Winter Green Farm
- Turnip the Beet Farm
And our organizational partners...
- Eugene Area Gleaners
- Eugene Burrito Brigade
- Hummingbird Wholesale
- Mountain Rose Herbs
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, a free food-waste themed photo booth by Smile Photo Booth, and an "ugly" fruit and veg photo contest with prizes!
To volunteer, sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/PQiKPq3IZNKElanY2
For our inaugural event in 2017, over 130 residents attended and enjoyed an evening of free, delicious food and inspiring local speakers.
Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Allie Breyer, at 541-682-5224.
Waste Prevention & Green BuildingAllie Breyer
99 W. 10th Avenue
Eugene, Or 97401