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Feed People Not Landfills

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Make Food Not Waste helps businesses and individuals prevent food from ending up in landfills. Through partnerships with local and national organizations, we support a variety of prevention, recovery, and diversion efforts to help build a waste-free future.

Programs

Annual Community Feast

Each September, we host the Annual Community Feast at Eastern Market. Our virtual event in 2020 moved online. Check out our events page to see our 2020 Cooking Series episodes!

Community Initiatives

Throughout the year, we team up with local partners to prevent food from going to waste:

  • Food recovery and distribution support with Food Rescue US Detroit and Hazon Detroit
  • City of Detroit Green Task Force: Event Waste Reduction Committee
  • “Stem to Root” eating 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

Speaking and Exhibiting

  • 2020 Michigan Good Food Summit
  • Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Triple Bottom Line Event
  • Indivisible Huron Valley
  • Hazon Jewish Food Festival
  • Rise Up and Drawdown! Grand Rapids

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
Eatable
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
Earthworks
Michigan Science Center
Food PLUS
Green Living Science
Keep Growing Detroit
City Commons
Brightmoor Artisans Collective
D-Town Farms
Detroit City Farm
DWEJ
Ecology Center
CURES
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