Feeding the 5000 Comes to Austin

First food waste awareness event of its kind in Texas!

Austin,TX., September 12, 2017 —Austin Resource Recovery, Central Texas Food
Bank, Keep Austin Fed and the Austin Chapter of the New Leaders Council are
joining forces to bring Feeding The 5000, a food waste awareness event, to the
south lawn of the Texas State Capitol on Oct. 19, 2017, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Feeding The 5000 was started by Feedback, a London-based organization
working to reduce food waste. The goal is to serve 5,000 people a free meal
made entirely from fresh ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted,
exposing the level of food waste and celebrating the delicious solutions to help
prevent it.

“Austin Resource Recovery is thrilled to be a part of this united front working to
create awareness and find solutions to wasted edible food,” said Selene Castillo,
Waste Diversion Planner with Austin Resource Recovery. “This event aligns with
Austin’s Zero Waste goal and keeps valuable food out of landfills.”
Feeding The 5000 Austin will take place on the south lawn of the Texas State
Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 19., a few days after World Food Day. Everyone is
invited to stop by and enjoy a delicious, free feast, sourced entirely from fresh
top-quality food that would have otherwise been wasted.

With support from the City and in partnership with multiple non-profits, chefs
and Austin business leaders, Austin’s Feeding The 5000 event will be the first in
Texas and the first in the southwestern United States. With this event, Austin will
join the ranks of cities such as London, New York and Sydney which have also
hosted such events.

“Through cross-sector collaboration, we can achieve our goal to stop wasting food in Austin and beyond. This event is scalable, adaptable and best of all, it’ll
be a lot of fun,” said Gena McKinley, Board Member for the New Leaders Council.
Recent research shows that the United States spends $218 billion per year
growing, processing and transporting food that is never eaten. Up to 63 million
tons of perfectly edible food ends up in American landfills each year–a terrifying
number from a resource and greenhouse emissions perspective, but all the more
galling in light of the roughly 49 million Americans who live in food insecure

“Globally, food waste is an obvious problem with obvious solutions, an issue with
high economic, social and environmental costs but, thankfully, also lots of
opportunities,” said McKinley. “This event will bring together organizations in our
community to find creative solutions to get excess, edible food out of landfills
and to hungry people.”

The community is invited to come listen to exciting speakers, learn more from
local organizations working to prevent hunger and reduce waste while
appreciating a delicious free lunch. For more information on the event, including
opportunities to volunteer, visit AustinTexas.Gov/Feeding5K.


About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to
transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services
include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush
and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous
waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. In December 2011,
the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan,
which is the City’s road map to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to
reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040 or

About Central Texas Food Bank
The mission of Central Texas Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the
community in the fight against hunger. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank provides
food and grocery products through a network of nearly 250 Partner Agencies and
nutrition programs, serving nearly 46,000 people every week. Headquartered in
Austin, the Food Bank serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice
the size of Massachusetts. For more information on the Food Bank and its
programs, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org.

About Feedback
Feedback is a nonprofit environmental organization working to end waste at
every level of the food system. From its humble beginnings as a one-off event in
London in 2009, Feedback’s flagship Feeding the 5000 event has grown into a
global campaign, taking place in more than 40 cities around the world and catalyzing local and international efforts to end food waste.

About Keep Austin Fed
Keep Austin Fed is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that gathers wholesome
and nutritious surplus food from commercial kitchens and distributes it to area
nonprofits that serve people in need. The organization’s mission is to reduce
hunger and help the environment by connecting surplus food and hungry

About New Leaders Council
New Leaders Council (NLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages
a diverse, collaborative national network of progressive political entrepreneurs.
NLC is building a growing corps of new progressive leaders who will rise to the
top of their fields and work together across sectors to build, expand, and improve
the progressive infrastructure necessary for strong democracy, social justice, and
equal opportunity.