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There IS a free lunch!

by Debbie Atwood

Maine feeding-5000Association of Nonprofit member organizations do an awful lot of good work in the world and we’re proud that many of our members have joined a London-based nonprofit called Feedback as cosponsors of this Friday’s Feeding the 5000 event in Portland.
This event is part of a global campaign to reduce the amount of nutritious food that goes to waste in our homes and communities. Feeding the 5000 Portland will highlight Maine’s local food bounty, as high-profile chefs and speakers offer common-sense solutions and inspire us to take action.

On Wednesday, I took a relaxing walk to the new Fork Food Lab on Parris Street, where I met a group of about 10 other volunteers who had offered to help sort the hundreds of pounds of food that had been donated or gleaned from Maine farms. We spent a couple of hours peeling garlic and chopping green beans, having amiable conversations, and getting to know each other. Dozens of volunteers are working together to make this event happen.

Head for Monument Square in Portland today between 11am to 4pm today and you’ll find local chefs and volunteers serving thousands of people a delicious, free meal made entirely from fresh, locally grown food that otherwise would not have been eaten. Click here for the full event schedule.

Everyone is welcome. Bring friends, family, and coworkers – organizers want to serve thousands of free meals!

These MANP members have been leaders of this initiative: Natural Resources Council of MaineHealthy Acadia, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, The Locker ProjectMaine Farmland TrustPortland Food Co-op, and Good Shepherd Food Bank. Thanks, MANP members!

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