Food waste makes up the largest component of landfills, and Eugene produces 40 million pounds of food waste annually. Much of this food is perfectly good to eat, but for reasons such as cosmetic imperfection or conservative use-by dates, it ends up in a landfill.
At the Operation: Food Rescue event on Friday, September 8, community members can learn about simple and fun ways to use food rather than throw it away. On Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Park Blocks, the City of Eugene’s Waste Prevention and Green Building Program will host this free community education event, featuring talks on sustainability and food waste, and appetizers using fresh, locally produced ingredients that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Operation: Food Rescue brings together farmers, wholesalers, retailers, local government, nonprofits, and consumers in an effort to highlight the global issue of food waste. The event demonstrates easy and fun solutions to tackling food waste at home and in our community. The speakers include Charlie Tilt, owner of Hummingbird Wholesale and Stephen Wooten, program director of UO Food Studies. The food will be catered by Party Downtown using food from Organically Grown Company, The Bread Stop, Pasta Gardener, and Ambrosia Farm, as well as produce gleaned from Organic Redneck Farm. The event will also feature educational booths from Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, FOOD for Lane County, Hummingbird Wholesale, and Mountain Rose Herbs. There will be family-friendly games and a photo booth for attendees, as well as a no-host, cash cider garden from Wildcraft. This event is an opportunity to showcase efforts already being made in Eugene to reduce food waste, and highlight new ideas for further strategies we can all use to rescue more food and reduce food waste.
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