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Feed More, Waste Less

Manna Food Center’s Community Food Rescue (CFR) and the DC Food Recovery Working Group (DCFRWG) are combining forces this year to co-host DMV Food Recovery Week. The global pandemic has revealed how much we need a more resilient food system – one that sustains the earth and provides sufficient, nutritious food for all who need it. The week’s engaging and enlightening free (and mostly virtual) events aim to help individuals and our community become more resilient. Join us to learn easy things you can do at home – and ways to support community efforts – to reduce food waste and increase food security for all.

Join us for DMV Food Recovery Week: October 12-17, 2020!

Mon, OCT. 12

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Become a Food Preservation Pro: Canning, Freezing, Pickling and Dehydration Methods

There are lots of ways to preserve your precious foods, so they stay tasty. In the process, we also ensure we’re not wasting our money when we throw out food we bought, and we’re not contributing to food waste. But how do some of these methods work? Learn a variety of preservation methods from Food Recovery Network’s executive director Regina Anderson and why to use them, such as canning, freezing, pickling, and dehydration.

This event is FREE, but you need to sign up here.

Tue, OCT. 13

12:00 - 1:00 pm

How the DMV is Rescuing Food – A Conversation with Local Food Recovery Organizations

Join us for a question and answer session on food recovery programs in the DMV with leaders from Food Rescue US, Manna Food Center’s Community Food Rescue, and Prince William Food Rescue. Panelists will share how their programs work, how they’ve responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how you can get involved. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Virginia Cooperative Extension Arlington are also co-hosts.

This event is FREE, but you need to sign up here.

Tue, OCT. 13

6:30 - 7:30 pm

From Leftovers to New Meals – Improvisational Cooking Office Hours

Do you get overwhelmed when confronting a weird mix of veggies in your fridge? Do you wonder how to creatively mix your leftovers to reduce waste? Come by for Improvisational Cooking Office Hours with Caroline Howe: We’ll go through what’s in your fridge and come up with some fun and easy ways to combine food scraps in delicious and easy meals.

This event is FREE, but you need to sign up here.

Wed, OCT. 14

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Alternative Edibles from the Garden

The majority of what we grow in our gardens is edible yet we only eat a small part of each plant. Do you want to learn what flowers are delicious in a salad? What stalks make a great hummus or pesto? What seeds are good pickled? Which weeds are more nutritious than your crops? Learn to maximize your garden harvests or supermarket produce by using the parts of your plants you didn’t realize are not only edible but delicious. Join DC Parks and Rec Community Garden Specialist Josh Singer for this workshop.

This event is FREE, but you need to sign up here.

Wed, OCT. 14

8:00 - 9:00 pm

Raising Little Food Waste Warriors

It’s a source of frustration and guilt for many parents when their kids waste food. But there are easy ways to get your kids to be less wasteful and turn them into scrappy food waste warriors in the process! Join Claudia Fabiano, a DC Food Recovery Working Group board member, and Amanda Stone of the World Wildlife Fund for an interactive discussion and demonstration on tips, tricks, and recipes to use with your own family.

This event is FREE, but you need to sign up here.

Thur, OCT. 15

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Eat Or Toss? Using Science to Decode Kitchen Food Waste Dilemmas

Would you eat an orange that turned purple or a turnip with a maggot in it? Learn what the science says about “questionable-looking” food in this interactive class led by EatOrToss.com founder Rachael Jackson. We’ll talk through a number of household food waste/food safety dilemmas alongside loads of images and lots of fun facts about food.

This event is FREE, but you need to sign up here.

Fri, OCT. 16

12:00 - 1:00 pm

DPR Community Compost Cooperative Training

DC Parks and Rec (DPR) has an extensive community compost cooperative network that allows over 1000 trained residents to compost food scraps, mixed with garden waste, in critter- and smell-proof compost bins across the District. This webinar with DPR’s Josh Singer is an online version of the 1-hour training needed to join any of the 56 compost cooperative sites in DC. The training will also be useful to anyone who wants to start composting in their backyards.

This event is FREE, but you need to sign up here.

Fri, OCT. 16

7:30 - 8:30 pm

Nose to Tail and Leaf to Root: A Cooking Class with Chef Mike Rehm

Join Montgomery County Executive Chef Mike Rehm for a virtual cooking demonstration. For the past 25 years, Chef Rehm has utilized the vast resources that the county provides, while also composting, reducing food waste, and gardening at work and home. In this class, he’ll show you how to prepare seasonal dishes that maximize taste and minimize waste.

This event is FREE, but you need to sign up here.

Sat, OCT. 17

1:00-2:30 pm

Red Wiggler Community Farm Tour

Take an in-person tour and learn about the amazing work of Red Wiggler Community Farm, a sustainable farm where people with and without developmental disabilities come together to work, learn, and grow healthy food. Learn about their mission, and their sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship work.

Space is limited. This event is FREE, but you need to sign up here.

DMV Food Recovery Week is Brought to You by:

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About Community Food Rescue and the DC Food Recovery Working Group

Community Food Rescue, a program of Manna Food Center, is the coordinated food recovery network of Montgomery County, Maryland. This program enhances the good work of businesses, individuals, and organizations that already recover and redistribute perfectly good food to people experiencing hunger.

The DC Food Recovery Working Group comprises a variety of partners from food banks, non-profits, and for-profits working on food recovery, DC government agencies, local environmental and sustainability organizations, and food recovery advocates. The Working Group promotes food recovery programs, organizations, and resources, and develops new food recovery partnerships, programs, and resources for greater DC.

Community Food Rescue Because food is a terrible thing to waste

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