On Friday, October 7, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MCHPP will be part of a coalition of organizations hosting Feeding the 5,000, a free, delicious, community meal for thousands of people, sourced entirely from locally gleaned, fresh food that would have otherwise been wasted. This event is designed to increase awareness about address solutions to the tragic amount of food being wasted in our community. In addition to the free meal, the event will demonstrate solutions, and feature high-profile speakers and chefs on the main stage to teach and inspire us to take action.

And we need you! To organize such a big event, we need volunteers and good will! Please consider volunteering on the day of the event, or gleaning or prepping the meal beforehand. Also, help us feed thousands by sharing this information to friends and networks. Click here to learn more and to volunteer.

What: Feeding the 5000: Portland Maine – a free, public feast where we intend to feed 5000 people with delicious, local food that would have otherwise been wasted

When: Friday, October 7, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Monument Square in downtown Portland

Who: Everyone is welcome! Please spread the word and bring friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers—we want to serve thousands of free meals (and we certainly don’t want to waste food)!

Why: To raise awareness about the tragedy of so much wasted food, and get out the word about opportunities that offer a wide-range of social, economic, and environmental benefits.

RSVP: On our Facebook event page, where you can also help us spread the word by inviting your friends!

Feeding the 5000 is the flagship campaign event of Feedback, and UK-based an environmental organization that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system. Feeding the 5000 events have taken place in over 40 cities throughout the world, in countries including the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, and the United States.

MCHPP is co-leading the event with Natural Resource Council of Maine,  Healthy Acadia, Cumberland County Food Security Council, Feedback, The Rockefeller Foundation, Portland Food-Co-op, The Locker Project, Maine Farmland Trust, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Good Shepherd Food Bank, The City of Portland, and many more!

For more information about the event you can contact Mary Turner, MCHPP’s Food Security Coalition Coordinator (207) 725-2716 x306 or mt@mchpp.org.

If you’d like to get involved with gleaning ingredients and preparing the meal, please contact Hannah Semler, F5KME Event Sourcing and Catering Coordinator and co-host, at (207) 812-8265 or hannah@healthyacadia.org.