Feeding the 5000 LA

After a whirlwind tour of the United States last year, Feeding the 5000 is coming to LA this Spring! Part of the LA Times Food Bowl festival, Feedback joins with some amazing local partners to feed thousands a delicious meal made from top-quality produce that would otherwise have gone to waste.


May 4 | 11am-4pm

Pershing Square, Downtown LA



Thursday, May 4, 2017 – 11am – 4pm

Pershing Square, Downtown LA


There’s no shortage of fabulous food in the Golden State. California’s farms and stores are brim-full of delicious produce and Los Angeles boasts some of the greatest chefs and finest food on earth. None of it should go to waste unnecessarily. Yet, across the US, around 40% of food is wasted, with a huge cost to our planet and climate. Meanwhile, one in six Americans faces hunger.

But there are solutions to help take food waste off the menu, and Feeding the 5000 is coming to LA to make sure everyone knows about them!

On May 4, Pershing Square will host LA’s first Feeding the 5000 festival, a delicious free feast for thousands, made entirely from fresh, top quality produce that would otherwise have gone to waste.

In addition to the free lunch, there will be a variety of personalities and activities on the day, including top chefs such as Monica May from the Nickel Diner, cooking demonstrations interactive quizzes, stalls featuring a variety of information and personalities from partner organizations, and more. We’re encouraging everyone, everywhere to get involved and take food waste off the menu.

Help make the event happen! Sign up to volunteer here

At Feeding the 5000 we serve up a delicious communal feast for 5000 people made entirely out of food that would otherwise have been wasted. We have organized over 40 events worldwide and are very excited to take it to LA.

Want a free meal? All you have to do is show up – the more the merrier!


Join us at the Disco Chop at the L.A. Kitchen on May 2nd – a food prep / chopping party where we (safely) combine knives and a DJ! (And possibly even disco balls!)


Volunteers will head to Alma Backyard Farms, where the formerly incarcerated are empowered and reintegrated through programs in urban farming, food sharing with families in need and horticultural therapy. There they’ll glean fruit and vegetables to be part of the Feeding the 5000 feast.


Help us spread the word! Invite your friends and share the event on Twitter and Facebook.

Hashtags: #zerowasteLA #foodwaste #offthemenu #f5kUSA


Hosted by Feedback with support from The Rockefeller Foundation. The meal will be prepared by LA Kitchen using recovered produce sourced by Food Forward, and the event is produced and promoted with the help and collaboration of organizations fighting food waste and hunger across the city including:

Feedback is a non-profit environmental organization that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system. Feedback catalyzes action on eliminating food waste globally, working with governments, international institutions, businesses, NGOs, grassroots organizations and the public to change society’s attitude toward wasting food.

A third of the world’s food is wasted

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation claims that “roughly one-third of the edible parts of food produced for human consumption, gets lost or wasted globally, which is about 1.3 billion ton per year.” (FAO 2011, Global Food Losses and Food Waste)

Estimates of global food waste have been as high as 30 or 50 per cent. Although these estimates are based on what has been described as “a weak evidence base” and “inadequate and dated” the evidence shows “there is little doubt that the scale is substantial”. The Government Office for Science 2011, Foresight: The Future of Food and Farming.


Food waste generates 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases

Food waste uses up to ‘1.4 billion hectares of land – 28 per cent of the world’s agricultural area’. Moreover, “globally, the blue water footprint for the agricultural production of total food waste in 2007 is about 250km3, which is more than 38 times the blue water footprint of USA households. FAO 2013, Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources

UK households waste 7.3 million tonnes

The latest figures from WRAP, UK households waste £13 billion worth of food every year.  Which if prevented, would have the environmental benefit of taking one in four cars off the road.

4600 kilocalories of food are harvested per day for every person on the planet; only around 2000 are eaten

More than half of it is lost on the way.  Tristram Stuart 2009, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal


Since the launch of our wonky vegetables campaign, vegetables that would have been wasted in the past have become the fastest growing sector of the fresh produce market.  From 2012-13 the relaxation of cosmetic standards saved 300,000 tonnes of produce from being wasted on UK farms.  BBC 2012