Feed More, Waste Less

Manna Food Center’s Community Food Rescue (CFR) and the DC Food Recovery Working Group (DCFRWG) has combined forces with the Montgomery County Food Council and Prince George’s County Food Equity Council to co-host this year’s 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 in-person and virtual events aim to help individuals and our community become more resilient. JOIN US for in-person and virtual events 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. 


Check out another great food recovery event happening this week (Oct. 18), sponsored by our friends at Food Rescue US.

Here’s what happened last year during Food Recovery Week 2021!

SUNDAY, OCT 16 — 3:30-5:00PM

Tour Koiner Farm, a Closed-Loop Micro-food System 

Come tour Koiner Farm and learn how we are supporting a closed-loop micro-food system. You will hear first hand from Koiner Farm’s farm managers about composting capacity, community impact and the repeatability of our model. You will also have the opportunity for a meet-n-greet with representatives from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, the Montgomery County Food Council, Community Food Rescue, and others who are working to make our local food system more sustainable and resilient.

Presented by: Koiner Farm, Charles Koiner Conservancy for Urban Farming, Montgomery County Food Council, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Manna’s Community Food Rescue



MONDAY, OCT 17 — Noon-1:00PM (Virtual)

Composting as a Statement for Ecological Diplomacy: Embassies Leading by Example in DC

Discover which embassies in DC are enhancing our local food systems and making a statement by reducing food waste and by composting. You will hear from embassy project leaders about the nuts and bolts of their composting operations. Embassies, government and international institution buildings as well as restaurants that partner directly with embassies will leave inspired and informed on how to get their own composting operation started. Speakers will also share insights on how to maintain a smooth-running food recovery practice. 

Presented by: Regenerative Solutions



MONDAY, OCT 17 — 5:30-6:30PM (Virtual)

Minimizing Food Waste at Home 

Come learn how to reduce food waste in your home by properly storing, saving and freezing your food, getting creative with leftovers, and preparing recipes with minimal food waste. Get inspired to make a measurable difference by signing up for a seriously fun 4-week take home challenge!

Presented by: Capital Area Food Bank, Recycle Leaders



MONDAY, OCT 17 — 7:00-8:00 PM (Virtual)

Food Waste 101: A Roadmap to Achieving 50% Reduction by 2030


Ever wonder who generates the most food waste, why food waste is a problem for climate, and what are the most effective ways to reduce it? ReFED, a nationally-respected consortium of food waste experts, recommends 40 evidence-based ways to combat food waste. You will learn the most impactful activities that households, restaurants, businesses, and farms can do to prevent, recover and recycle food waste to achieve the US and international goals to reduce food waste 50% by 2030. This session also sets the table for DMV Food Recovery Week’s events that dive deeper into local implementation of ReFED recommendations.

Presented by: ReFED, Montgomery County Food Council, Environmental Law Institute



TUESDAY, OCT 18 — NOON-1:00PM (Virtual)

Intro to Composting at Home: Hot & Worm Composting 

Learn how to home compost and make your own “black gold” for your yard or garden! This workshop will cover the basics of hot composting outside as well as worm composting (suitable for small patios and apartments). Composting cuts pollution from trash, landfills, and incinerators while storing carbon in soils and enhancing soil health. Learn the key ingredients for success by taking this online workshop.

Presented by: Institute for Local Self-Reliance



TUESDAY, OCT 18 — 6:00-7:00PM (Virtual)

Making the Most of Food: Regrow, Reduce, Recycle

Join us to learn what to do with your leftover produce scraps. Instead of throwing them away, we will teach the general consumer how to use these kitchen scraps to regrow your produce in your kitchen, patio, or window. We will also provide tips on maximizing your food, making the most of your produce, reducing food waste in your home, and invite you to a challenge to take action against food waste.

Presented by: University of Maryland Extension, Recycle Leaders, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council



WEDNESDAY, OCT 19 — 7:00-8:00PM (Virtual)

Food Waste Policy: Pitfalls & Progress

Join us for a panel discussion about the local food waste policy landscape. Representatives from across the DMV will share their most impactful policies and frustrating roadblocks. Learn about innovative policies and how to advocate for the upcoming Farm Bill to expand national and local food waste programs.

Presented by: Institute for Public Health Innovation, DC Food Policy Council, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council, Fairfax Food Council, NRDC



THURSDAY, OCT 20 — NOON-1:00PM (Virtual) 

Taller del compostaje casero (Learn How to Home Compost) in Spanish 

¡Aprende a hacer compostaje en casa! Todos están invitados a un taller virtual GRATIS, que se dará en español, en linea la comodidad de su hogar. Aprenda cómo hacer compostaje en su propio patio trasero y así poner su granito de tierra fértil para salvar el mundo. (English: Learn how to home compost! Everyone is invited to a FREE virtual workshop, which will be given in Spanish, online in the comfort of your home. Learn how to compost in your own backyard and create fertile soil to save the world.)

Presentado por: Institute for Local Self Reliance, Regenerative Solutions



THURSDAY, OCT 20 — 7:00-8:00PM (Virtual)

Launching Food Waste Action Movement In Public Schools

Students take you on their journey to create a waste-conscious public school system and advocate for new food waste legislation. Three years ago, students in Montgomery County Public Schools started the first efforts to compost food waste in Maryland. We will share our progress and offer how stewards in other jurisdictions can launch a 3-pronged movement to tangibly reduce waste, educate students, families, and decision makers, and directly influence legislation.

Presented by: Maryland Coalition to Re-Imagine School Waste and Manna’s Community Food Rescue, with Montgomery County Public Schools



FRIDAY, OCT 21 — 3:00-5:00PM 

No Waste, Big Taste Cooking Competition (Livestream)

Marriott chefs from DC, MD & VA will face off in a “chopped-style” food and drink competition in the newly opened Marriott International test kitchen, using a mystery basket of recovered food and ugly produce. While the chefs whip up their creations, learn about Manna Food Center, food waste prevention and food recovery efforts.

Presented by: Manna’s Community Food Rescue and Marriott International. Sous-chefs and mixology assistants from  AfriThrive Inc., Guru Nanak Foundation of America, Tacombi Foundation, and the Montgomery Co. Food Council. Judges: Montgomery Co. Councilmember Andrew Friedson, and representatives from The UpCounty Hub, Montgomery Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and Sandy Spring Gardens. 

Livestream info coming soon


SATURDAY, OCT 22 — 4:00-6:00PM

H Street Food Waste Innovation Tour

Visit the six Food Waste Innovation Grantees on H Street, to learn about their innovative projects funded by DC’s Department of Small & Local Business Development. While you can visit these restaurants any time through a guide-yourself walk, joining this tour will be a great chance to explore together and meet some key stakeholders in the process!

Presented by: H Street Main Street, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development



About DMV Food Recovery Week’s Co-Hosts

Community Food Rescue, a program of Manna Food Center, is the coordinated food recovery network of Montgomery County, Maryland. This program partners with businesses, individuals, and organizations to 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.

The Montgomery County Food Council serves as the primary connection point for businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and residents around food system issues in our County. The Council brings together over 2,000 local and regional partners in community-wide education, advocacy, and capacity building initiatives in support of an equitable and resilient food system that is healthy for our community, economy, and environment.  

The Prince George’s County Food Equity Council is a local food policy council that works to help residents grow, sell, and choose healthy food. Since 2013, we have worked with County leaders to develop and support policies, practices, and programs to build a fairer and more equitable local food system.

Community Food Rescue Because food is a terrible thing to waste