Feeding the 5000 had its Toronto debut at Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology (EDIT) in October 2017. George Brown College along with other chefs and organisations was a part of this event. All the ingredients used to feed people would otherwise be thrown out by the supermarkets. Please do not get confused. There is nothing bad or inedible about these ingredients. The only reason they would have been thrown out is that these ingredients are not of the perfect shape, colour or size. Can you imagine how bad this is? We wasting food because it does not look right to us, while there are many hungry people around the world.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. (Hunger notes, 2015)

The statistics mentioned above might not make us realize the scale of the global hunger crisis. To say the least, we must value the produce that we have. By volunteering for this event, I learnt that so much food is wasted mainly by supermarkets everyday.

The mise-en-place for the event started at George Brown College one day prior. The college made minestrone soup and focaccia bread with olive oil and oregano. I made a video to document the entire process from receiving the ingredients to serving food at the venue of EDIT.

The event was a great learning experience for me and I look forward to volunteer in similar events in the future. I felt satisfied seeing so much food being cooked rather than being dumped into bins. It promoted all of us, students and volunteers who helped to cook the meal, to think about the food that we had wasted in the past and how that can and must be avoided in the future. All the food was served to the people who came for Feeding the 5000 at EDIT with no leftovers at all.

  1. Hunger notes. (2015). 2015 world hunger and poverty facts and statistics. Retrieved from World Hunger: https://www.worldhunger.org/2015-world-hunger-and-poverty-facts-and-statistics/#hunger-number
  2. UNHCR 2016 “Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2015.” 2016. https://s3.amazonaws.com/unhcrsharedmedia/2016/2016-06-20-global-trends/2016-06-14-Global-Trends-2015.pdf Accessed December 2016.
  3. UNICEF, WHO, The World Bank. 2014a. “Levels and Trends in Child Malnutrition.” http://www.who.int/nutgrowthdb/estimates2013/en/  Accessed September 2016.