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. 


Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 11am - 4pm

Pershing Square, Downtown LA

Help us make the event happen! Sign up to volunteer here

Media contacts:

Jessica Sinclair Taylor – +44 7787826709 (timezone: GMT)

Ciara Low – +1 401 601 5249 (timezone: MTZ)


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.

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

wANT TO volunteer?

Photographer? cook? driver? farmer? - we need lots of skills to make the event happen!

We need volunteers in the run-up to the event and on the day itself, please sign up here.


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 LA Food Policy Council, Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and ParksFood Finders, Kiss the GroundWaste Not Want Not Now, Hunger Action Los Angeles, So Cal 350, Fallen Fruit, Tree People, St. Francis CenterL.A. CompostDowntown Women’s CenterDon’t Waste L.A., Alma Backyard FarmsSwipe Out Hunger LA, Council member Jose Huizar and Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority: LAHSA..

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.