Feeding the 5000 event to spotlight food waste

October 6, 2016
On Friday, October 7th, Feeding the 5000 Portland, Maine will serve up a free meal in Monument Square to thousands. The meal will be made entirely from food that would otherwise have gone to waste and the event will spotlight the effects of food waste on our environment and the thousands of people facing food insecurity in our state. The event is free and open to the public.
A network of community organizations, farmers, and volunteers are working together to glean produce from local farms and prepare a feast to be served in the square and at satellite sites throughout the Greater Portland area. Wayside Food Programs is incorporating the gleaned produce into its Community Meals this week.
Wayside's director Mary Zwolinski was interviewed in a Portland Phoenix article about the event: " 'I think the Feeding 5000 is a great way to call attention to the issue of food waste, but I think that in Portland and Cumberland County we’re fortunate that there is a robust system of organizations, farms and businesses working together to reduce food waste,' Zwolinski noted. 'Wayside works with the Cooperative Extension, farms, grocery stores, corporations (Idexx, for example) home gardeners, trucking companies, food businesses and other food relief agencies to make sure that happens.' "