Also thank you to our generous Feeding the 5000 Oakland donors: Oaklandish, the Northern California Recycling AssociationSustainU, Recology, Burrito ShopOakland Recycles, Earth Island InstituteCapStreamx, Ron Clark of Better Harvests, Global Green, and World Centric.

For more information on the international force that is Feeding the 5000 and their events and campaigns from London to Kenya, please visit  

October 18, 2014 - Feeding the 5000 Oakland

After much success in Europe, on October 18, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the First Feeding the 5000 in the United States was held at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California! was the Event Manager for this food waste awareness festival that included:

  • A meal for 5000 people on quality fresh food that would have otherwise been waste before it hit the stores - such "ugly" but tasty fruit and vgetables that did not meet supermarkets' strict cosmetic standards
  • A grocery giveaway of hundreds of pounds of good tasty produce 
  • An action packed program with keynote speeches, chef demos, music, performances and more.
  • Click here for the final Feeding the 5000 Oakland program.
  • Activities for every age to educate you and get you more acquainted with how to fight food waste and have a fun tasty time doing it!

For press attention for events during the "Woodstock of Food Waste" click here.

October 17, 2014 - Driving Food Waste Action Workshop

In Berkeley, the Friday after the Zero Food Waste Forum, a group of 90 key players in the food waste movement rolled up their sleeves and worked on making 2015 the Year Against Food Waste.  Combined with presentations from experts and work groups and breakout sessions, it was a magical and very productive day.

October 17, 2014 - Disco Soup at St. Vincent de Paul

A group of speakers, partners, organizers, and friends we to St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County in Oakland, California to prepare veggies for the Feeding the 5000 Oakland.  Click here to see a fun image slideshow of this event.

October 15, 2014 - Gleaning Day at Bloomfield Organics

As the kick-off to the series of events, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, a group of Zero Food Waste Forum speakers, partners, organizers, and friends went to Bloomfield Organics in Petaluma, California to glean chard for some of the smoothies at the Feeding the 5000 Oakland.  Click here to see an image slideshow of that event.

The "Woodstock of Food Waste"

October 16, 2014 - Berkeley Zero Food Waste Forum co-chaired the first ever Zero Food Waste Forum with Dana Gunders and Emily Martin of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on October 16, 2014 in Berkeley, California. For more on this event, please click here and for an image slideshow of this event and a slideshow the fabulous recovered food served by Food Shift and Falling Fruit, please click here.

From October 15th through October 18th, 2014, experts and implementers came to Berkeley and Oakland, California from 16 states and 7 different countries to elevate the dialogue around food waste.  As Jonathan Bloom, said "If the food waste movement is gaining steam in the U.S. then these events will be it's Woodstock."  There were filmmakers (for the U.S. premiere of Just Eat It), governments of all types, materials management haulers, consultants, associations, non-profits, food rescue groups, students, grocers, restaurants, academics, and volunteers, all with the goal of zero food waste.  The following are the events and people that made what really did turn out to be the "Woodstock of Food Waste" happen and spark a food waste revolution in the U.S.