Past Projects

Feeding the 5000 Vancouver

Feeding5k_2011_logo MV-01How can we live in a world that has such immense food surplus, yet is suffering from hunger? On May 27th, Food Connections organized the biggest FREE LUNCH in Canada! Five thousand Vancouverites were fed on $0, all using food that would’ve been forgotten or wasted.

Feeding the 5000 is a worldwide campaigning event that started in the UK to shine a light on the global food waste scandal. This spectacular communal feast featured a surprise 5-course menu prepared by culinary students and serve 6000 portions of delicious food to the public. Everything was made from fresh food that would otherwise have been wasted due to surplus ordering or aesthetic marketing standards.

Feeding the 5000 events have taken place in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Greece, Tokyo, Kenya, Australia, and Oakland, California. This was the very first in Canada – hosted in Vancouver!

Visit the Feeding the 5000 Vancouver webpage to learn more and stay connected on our mailing list.

On Wednesday, May 27th, we hosted the first Feeding the 5000 event in Canada, here in our home city of Vancouver. Here’s what it looked like:

We’d love to hear from you!

Through this event, we desire to see individuals and organizations start initiatives to take action on doing something about food waste. If you’re already involved with rescuing food in the city, or have ideas brewing in your mind about things you’d like to launch. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Be a part of transforming our city’s food scene and represent Canada in this global food waste campaign!

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Community Meal Share Projects

We value the power of community through inviting people from all walks of life to share meals together.  Aligning with our vision to transition towards a less wasteful food system, we aim to only use surplus produce and ingredients that would’ve been wasted in supermarkets or farms. The project represents an alternative to de-valuing edible food waste by creating an inclusive community space responding to the environmental impacts of waste disposal as well as unemployment and community engagement. Everyone is part of creating the café spaces, whether you are a customer, a volunteer or a supporter, allowing everyone to contribute to what they think the food, the space, the idea and the bigger picture is worth. The “Pay As You Feel” (PAYF) model offers an alternative to the conventional payment system, as there is no price on any items served. The system transcends monetary transactions and liberates people to use their skills and attributes as well as money to pay for their meals.

So far, we are partnering with the Oasis Cafe lunch community. Visit Planted Food Network and come dine with us every Tuesday.