About Us

Inspiring Food Waste Prevention

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Make Food Not Waste is a community organization dedicated to reducing the amount of food that goes to waste in Southeast Michigan. Through public events, education outreach and community presentations, we give people the tools they need to waste less where they live and work.


Annual Community Feast

Join us in September 2020 for our THIRD community feast — virtually!

Community Events

Throughout the year, we team up with local partners to inspire people to waste less:

  • “Stem to Root” eating with Eastern Market and Ford’s Mobile Farm at local Meet Up and Eat Up sites
  • Shabbat Dinner with Hazon Detroit
  • Food Waste Reduction Track: Detroit Food Policy Council annual food summit
  • The Great Pumpkin Recovery pumpkin collection for compost with University of Detroit Mercy
  • Zero Waste Cooking class for high school students with Soil2Service

Speaking and Exhibiting

  • Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Triple Bottom Line Event
  • Indivisible Huron Valley
  • Hazon Jewish Food Festival
  • Rise Up and Drawdown! Grand Rapids

Food Recovery Support

  • Promotion of Food Rescue US

Our 2019 Supporters

Thank you to our generous 2019 sponsors!

Thank you to the chefs cooking our delicious 2019 feast

Phil Jones, Director Ma Haru
Hari Pulapaka, Cress
Jennifer Hill Booker, James Beard Impact Fellow
Harriette Brown, “Chef Bee,” Sisters On A Roll Mobile Cafe.
Xavier Jaramillo, Spectrum Juvenile Justice Services
Brian Psenski, Mike’s Legends Catering
Rebecca Shea, Old Shillelagh
Doug Hewitt, Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
Myungju, Living Zen Organics by the Detroit Zen Center
Rece Hogerheide, Gather, Felony Provisions
Kirsten Ussery, Detroit Vegan Soul (D.V.S)
Max Hardy, River Bistro Detroit
Petro Drakopolous, Republica
Hassan Musselmani, The Drunken Rooster Food Truck
Ken Miller, Toasted Oak Grill & Market
James Spence, Operation ABLE of Michigan
Thomas Lents, The Apparatus Room
Omar Mitchell, TABLE No. 2 Restaurant
Anjani Lama, Moma Cha

Thank you to our talented experts and exhibitors!

Hungry Harvest
Taste the Local Difference
MSU Extension
Detroit Food Academy
Michigan First Credit Union
Peace Love & Planet
Zingerman’s Bakehouse
Detroit Public Schools
Detroit Feedback Loop
Michigan Restaurant Association
Food Rescue US–Detroit
Gleaners Community Food Bank
Yad Ezra
Helping Handzzz
One More Meal
Move for Hunger
Midtown Composting
Michigan Science Center
Green Living Science
Keep Growing Detroit
City Commons
Brightmoor Artisans Collective
D-Town Farms
Detroit City Farm
Ecology Center
Fair Food Network
Detroit Food Policy Council
Detroit Future City
Detroit Office of Sustainability
Breathe Free Detroit

And a very special thank you to our all-volunteer, dedicated steering committee!

  • Danielle Todd
  • Phil Jones
  • Winona Bynum
  • Stephanie Osborn
  • Carolyn Sagi
  • Clara Gamalski
  • Kibibi Blount-Dorn
  • Bekah Galang
  • Ann St. Peters
  • Victoria Westman
  • Debbie Haman
  • Sara Katz
  • Suzette Olaker
  • Mia Zavalij
  • Darraugh Collins
  • Tawyna Clark