Feed 500 Red Deer

Feed 500 Red Deer

Love free food? Join us at Rotary Recreation Park* in Red Deer on Friday, October 14, from 11am to 1pm, and help us reduce food waste in Red Deer!

Working together, the Red Deer Food Bank, ReThink Red Deer, Alberta Health Services, The City of Red Deer, and local grocery stores and producers are serving up a meal made from food that would have otherwise gone to the landfill, but is still good to eat. Come have a bite, and learn how you can be part of the solution to reducing food waste.  

If you would like more information about this event, please email programs (at) waskasoopark.ca

Volunteers are both needed and welcomed! Please email volunteers (at) waskasoopark.ca to get on the list.

Support for this event comes from ReThink Red Deer's Climate Leadership Lab and the Community Environmental Action Grant (Government of Alberta).

*this event is in the section of Rotary Recreation Park north of the Golden Circle and east of the Bluegrass Sod Farms Spray & Play. Look for market tents and signage on the day.


More info on Feed 500

Feed 500 was first hosted in Red Deer back in 2016 by The City of Red Deer, then Red Deer College, and the Recycling Council of Alberta:

The Feed 500 event, organized in partnership by The City of Red Deer, Red Deer College and the Recycling Council of Alberta, brings attention to the issue of food waste. Based on the international Feeding the 5000 global movement, the idea is simple: feed 5000 people - or 500 in the case of Red Deer - with edible food that would otherwise be thrown away. The following food was rescued and diverted from the landfill: over 800 kilograms of fruit, vegetables, meat and poultry, 250 loaves of bread, and 15.6 litres of juice. Other miscellaneous items included spices, oil, and condiments.


An in-depth look at Feed 500 Red Deer courtesy of ShawTVRed Deer


"Waste as a Resource: That's Not Waste: It's Food!" - Relishing the Misfits and Other Food Recovery Stories from the "Cultivating Connections: Alberta Regional Food Systems Forum", February 5, 2017

Synopsis: Maximizing and stewarding our food system resources to build an abundant and integrated regional food system for all. The generation of wastes in agriculture, including land, air and water pollution, and greenhouse gases, represents a serious environmental issue that demands attention if we are to strive for healthy, ecologically beneficial, and sustainable agri-food systems. Creating new networks to eliminate the waste of perfectly good food on the consumption end by distributing it to those in need. This session highlights diverse programs that reach restaurants, grocery stores, homes, cafeterias, and catering operations.