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Feeding the 5000 Oakland

As day 4 of the "Woodstock of Food Waste" on Saturday, October 18, 2014, an amazing collection of food waste heroes and over 100 volunteers and thousands of attendees came together for Feeding the 5000 Oakland.  After much success Europe, this was the first Feeding the 5000 in the United States and recovered an astounding 11,000 pounds of food thanks to Ron Clark of Better Harvests and a vast network of generous farmers in Northern California.  In addition to thousands being fed on soup cooked at St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County and given away in World Centric donated compostables, 9,000 pounds of produce (in 1,500 reusable bags donated by the City of Oakland Recycles) and 2,000 bags of bread donated by YSOS were given away as well.  For more, read this great pre-event write-up from Bay Area Bites.  And last but not least, thank you to Capstreamx.com and WeltyPhotography.com for the gorgeous images from the event!

This event was made possible by our generous funding partners NRDC, Sustainable America, GRACE Communications Foundation, and Food Shift and also by our funding sponsor StopWaste.

The Beautiful Feeding the 5000 Oakland logos, shirts, & hats were donated by Oaklandish.

Read Michael Pollan's new Food Rule #84 - "Take Back Your Plate" in Honor of the Event!

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Watch a great video of the event by Fabian Aguirre, sponsored by FoodShift.