When: Sat., Oct. 18, 12-5 p.m. 2014
Discussions about food waste run the risk of coming across as prudish or nagging. As daunting as the statistics are (100 billion pounds of food go uneaten in the US every year), no one enjoys being reminded of the unused vegetables and leftovers they’ve left to rot in the back of the fridge. “Feed the 5,000,” a first-of-its-kind event (in the US, anyway) taking place this Saturday in Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, takes a different, more celebratory tack. The hook? Five thousand attendees will receive a free vegetable soup lunch made entirely from fresh ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away — hundreds of pounds of crooked carrots, odd- shaped sweet potatoes, and other “ugly” vegetables, all harvested from local farms but deemed unfit for retail sale. The event will also include cooking demonstrations, tips on how to use up leftovers, and a giveaway of several hundred pounds of produce.