Educational events can leave a long-lasting impression upon students that are learning about the different facets of food justice and food waste.
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100 Mile Meal
The 100 Mile Meal is a campaign where dining services plan a meal with food grown within 100 miles of campus. Purchasing food locally helps dining services and students alike gain a greater understanding of where their food is coming from, and by extension, helps reduce the amount of leftover food on student's plates.
The meal is planned by the campus dining services, while the FRN chapter is responsible for outreach and sponsorship of the event. The distance for food to be considered "locally-grown" can be adjusted depending on your school's ability to acquire regional produce and other foodstuffs.
FEEDING THE 5,000
Feeding the 5,000 revolves around raising awareness about food waste in a festive atmosphere. At each event, 5,000 people are fed a delicious meal prepared with food that would otherwise have gone to waste. The first Feeding the 5,000 event was the flagship campaigning event for Feedback. There have since been many events around the world!
This event has also been known as Disco Soup, which was originally held in Germany in 2012. Here's a link to an NPR article describing both events.
For more information about past events, go here. You can modify the name to a more realistic number for your campus.
- Due to logistical constraints, it may be more realistic to advertise and attend an event held by Feedback, or contact one of their representatives to see if they can bring a "Feeding the 5,000" event to your city.
- Here is a video with step-by-step instructions on how to start your own Disco Soup / Feeding the 5,000 event!
Erin Case and Hannah "hc" Cather at DC's Feeding the 5,000 event
Film screenings are an awesome way to raise awareness about food waste and hunger. Here are some examples of topical films:
You can accompany a film with a guest speaker or discussion after the fact, to help enrich the takeaways or give the films some local context.
Providing food is always a great way to get people to attend, and in this case, is relevant to the content of the films! When you’re showing a film, make sure you have the rights to show it in the manner you’re using it. Visit the film’s website for more details -- oftentimes you can advertise a screening there as well. Here are screening guides with ideas for complementary action pieces or discussion questions for some of the films we’ve suggested: Just Eat It, Fed Up, and A Place At the Table.
A Hunger Banquet is an awareness raising event where guests are randomly assigned an amount of food they are allowed to eat that night, highlighting inequities in food security around the world. The goal for this event is to create a space for conversations about hunger and the human right to food, as well as raise awareness about the Partner Agencies that your team collaborates with.
Students at Dominican University hosting their own Hunger Banquet.
A Skillshare is an event where people with various related skills or knowledge--for example, how to compost or how/where to recycle uncommongoods--get together and share that knowledge with others. It’s a good opportunity to learn more about your volunteers and to teach each other some new skills.
Make sure that you have people signed up ahead of time on the skills they’d like to share about. You can do it just within your chapter and focus it on issues around food waste and insecurity, or you could collaborate with related organizations and broaden up the topic.
Tray/Plate Waste Study
One easy way to measure how much food is being thrown away is a Tray/Plate Waste Study. All it takes is a trash can or clear bin, a few hours, and one or two dedicated volunteers. Place the trash can/bin wherever people are normally throwing away food in your cafeteria (or putting their trays to be washed), and have a volunteer stand by it and ask that they scrape any leftover food into the trash can. At the end of the decided upon period, you can weigh the cans and determine how many pounds of food are being wasted.
This can be a great opportunity to raise awareness about your organization as well as collaborate with sustainability groups on your campus. Consider tabling in the cafeteria on the day of so that people who are curious about what you’re doing can get more information and maybe even become a volunteer!
Waste audit / WEIGH THE WASTE
A Waste Audit is a great way to raise awareness about food waste and recycling on your campus. Collect all the waste from a predetermined area (it could be one dining hall, one building, or a collection of buildings), and sort through it to see how much of each type of waste your university is creating.
The Weigh the Waste variant of this event involves weighing the amount of food discarded in a dining hall in a given day.
This is a great opportunity to work with other environmental groups on your campus. For more information on the logistics of organizing and recording your waste audit, guides can be found here. Make sure you’ve got proper permissions from your university and the building managers ahead of time.
More information about Weigh the Waste is available here.