Open Feasts is an event series collaboratively hosted by partners across the MN food system to generate awareness about the issue of wasted food and inspire change in our community.
Food is wasted at every stage in our food system, from the farm, all the way our homes, restaurants and institutions. Yet at the same time, neighbors in our community go to bed hungry. This event series came about because of local organizations that are passionate about sharing this information, and providing resources that enable us as a community to reduce the amount of wasted food and make sure everyone has enough to eat. Here you can learn more about the partners that come together to make these events happen, as well as access resources to learn about how you can reduce wasted food in your own home and our community. You can also read all the research and see what other folks around the globe are doing to reduce wasted food in their communities.
Open Feasts had a great time at three Open Streets events this summer in Minneapolis!
East Lake Street on Sunday, July 22nd
West Broadway Ave on Saturday, September 15th
Nicollet Avenue on Sunday, September 23rd
Want to get involved? Please contact us at OpenFeasts@gmail.com
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Open Feasts Partners and SponsorsOpen Feasts would not be possible without the generous support of all partner organizations and sponsors. Partner organizations come together to make these events happen by offering their time, passion, expertise, supplies and equipment. Sponsoring organizations provide financial or in-kind resources to make the event run smoothly. We are so grateful to be part of a community that comes together around such important issues.
Chowgirls is a women owned catering company serving the Twin Cities and beyond for over 14 years. We pride ourselves in leading the way in savory and seasonal fare, sociable hospitality, standout experiences, and sustainable solutions.
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners understands the true cost of wasting food. Preventing wasted food not only saves it from landfills; it conserves the energy, water, land and labor it took to grow it. The Dakota County 2012-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan states that the County will develop a strategic and comprehensive organics diversion outreach program which includes reducing wasted food. Partnering with organizations like Open Feasts reaches residents where they are while also connecting staff working in these areas.
Hennepin County’s Environment and Energy Department is committed to protecting the environment and conserving resources for future generations. Its programs focus on the reduction and responsible management of wastes, the protection of natural resources and the promotion of environmental stewardship.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) mission is to protect and improve the environment and enhance human health. The MPCA monitors environmental quality, offers technical and financial assistance, and enforces environmental regulations.
Perspectives Kids Cafe, is a licensed commercial kitchen/dining classroom, provides integrated services to homeless and low-income families and children for the purpose of improving access to nutritious food. Our program is designed to increase healthy food consumption for children while providing hands-on nutrition curriculum that addresses healthy food choices. In addition, we provide parent engagement, access to low-cost nutritious foods, and we continue each year to expand services and reach more families.
Taher recognizes its role in changing the world, one customer at a time. We are proud to offer a complete portfolio of sustainability programs. We all share this earth and together we can solve the environmental issues we face. Therefore, as a leader in the Food Service industry, Taher has developed and implemented innovative policies, systems, and programs that encourage responsible and sustainable practices.
TC Food Justice works to reduce food waste and hunger by connecting unsold produce at farmer’s markets and grocers to hunger relief groups in the Twin Cities, and specializes in produce deliveries for smaller-capacity organizations. TCFJ volunteers do some produce deliveries using a bike and trailer.
The Food Group is an innovative nonprofit organization with a mission of fighting hunger and nourishing our community. Through our network of food shelves, meal programs, Fare For All sites and our newest program area, Big River Farms, we focus on equity, access, and nutrition issues related to food and hunger. We strive to prevent food waste whenever possible by redirecting surplus food to those in need. Through our produce programs, we rescue excess produce from farmers markets, fields and orchards.
Open Feasts 2018 Sponsors
ResourcesTips to reduce your food waste and save money!
Get Involved and Learn MoreLinks to local organizations working to fight food waste and resources to learn more about the issue and innovative solutions around the world
Past Open Feasts Supporters
Appetite For Change uses food as a tool building health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. AFC is a community-led organization that strengthens families, creates economic prosperity, and encourages healthy living.
The Good Acre’s mission is to connect and strengthen farmers, food makers, and communities through good food. We focus on offering grower support for immigrant, new, and minority farmers so they can have healthy harvests and expand into new markets. As a food hub, we aggregate local produce for our CSA and wholesale programs, we also incubate food businesses and teach cooking classes in our shared commercial kitchen space.
Hunger Solutions Minnesota works to end hunger by taking action, advancing public policy and guiding grassroots advocacy on behalf of hungry Minnesotans and the diverse groups that serve them. We connect Minnesota’s food shelves and hunger-relief organizations with the necessary funding, technical assistance and logistical support to reach thousands of Minnesota individuals, families and children in need. Our work is made possible through the generous support of donors across the country, each sharing our commitment to ensuring no Minnesotan will struggle with food insecurity alone.
MPS Culinary & Wellness nourishes all children through access to quality food and active living. As a department, we serve over 22,000 meals each day to the nearly 36,000 students in the Minneapolis Public Schools. We are committed to scratch cooking, scratch cooking, food integrity, local food, and healthy eating.