Forgotten leftovers. Old milk. Half-eaten meals. Do you find yourself throwing away food that you wish you didn’t have to?

Join us on Sunday, September 30 to learn how to cut down on the food that goes to waste at home. Learn what to do with food that the picky eaters in your house won’t touch. See how much money your family can save each year by making easy changes at home. All while enjoying a meal made by local chefs from top-quality food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Admission is free for this one-day event. Sign up to let us know you’re coming and we’ll keep you up to date on the day’s activities.



Come one, come all! If you are an eater, you’ll find something here just for you.



We’re all about helping you feed your belly, not a landfill. And best of all, the event is FREE!

Taste delicious dishes made from food that would otherwise go to waste, made by local chefs like Kate Williams of Lady of the House, Andy Hollyday of Selden Standard, Ederique Goudia from Gabriel Hall, Hell’s Kitchen contestant Hassan Musselmani from The Drunken Rooster, James Rigato of Mabel Gray, and Phil Jones of City Food Community Concepts/Ms. Ruth’s Catering.

Hear from local experts how easy it can be to use up more of the food you buy.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Make leftovers more interesting
  • Put together an easy menu for the week that uses all the food you buy
  • Understand those confusing “sell by” and “use by” labels
  • Get the most out of fruits and vegetables
  • Compost what just can’t be eaten

Local and national businesses take this seriously too. You’ll also have a chance to visit with them to see how they keep food from being thrown away.

Plus, you’ll have a chance to see the 4th Annual Food Power Awards presented by the Detroit Food Policy Council. Come by the stage at 1:00 pm to hear the announcements!


Sunday, September 30

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Special Features:

12:00 PM: Book signing with Chef Ben Hall of Russell Street Deli

Waste Not Book Cover

1:00 PM: Detroit Food Policy Council Food Power Awards

FPA Logo


Event Location
Make Food Not Waste–A Community Feast will be held in Shed 5 at Eastern Market.

Parking at Eastern Market
Parking is free the day of the event throughout Eastern Market, including the large lots at the north corners of the market on Wilkins Street. The large, south parking lot near Russell Street and the Fisher Freeway Service Drive is now open.

What to bring
Bring your family and friends and come hungry!

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

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Additional Sponsors:

Avalon Breads
Cherry Capital Foods
Dart Container Corp.
Detroit School of Rock and Pop
Eastern Market Corporation
edible WOW
Hungry Harvest
James Beard Foundation
Operation Able of Michigan
Midtown Composting
Skidmore Studio
The Mushroom Factory
Underground Printing
United Way
Unlimited Recycling

Thank you to our experts and exhibitors:

Cooking Matters Advisory Committee
Detroit Ento
Detroit Feedback Loop
Detroit Public Schools
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
Ecology Center
Farm to Freezer
FoodPLUS Detroit
Keep Growing Detroit
Mrs. Pruitt’s Gourmet Cha Chas
MSU Extension
Peace Love & Planet
World Wildlife Fund
Zero Waste Detroit

And a very special thank you to our all-volunteer planning team:
  • Danielle Todd, Wasted Opportunity
  • Phil Jones
    Ms. Ruth’s Catering
  • Kevin Kay
    Detroit Foods, Inc.
  • Winona Bynum
    Detroit Food Policy Council
  • Drew Patrick
    Skidmore Studio
  • Stephanie Osborn
    Wayne State University
  • Rachelle Bonelli
    Gleaners Community Food Bank
  • Rachna Govani
  • Amy Kuras
    Detroit Food Policy Council
  • Carolyn Sagi
  • Naman Mandhan
    IDEO Detroit Chapter
  • Alex Rudoni,
    Gleaners Community Food Bank
  • Kelly Voelker,
    Cooking Matters Advisory Committee
  • Rola Kadi
    Industrial and Experiential Design
  • Anna Harris
  • Breanna Bradley
    Gleaners Community Food Bank
  • Anthony Hatinger
    Detroit Ento
  • Lindsay-Jean Hard
  • Gina Adams-Levy
    Peace Love & Planet
  • Hayley Sakwa
    Cherry Capital Foods
  • Clara Gamalski
    University of Detroit Campus Kitchen
  • Barbara Hughes
  • Klair Urbin
    Gleaners Community Food Bank
  • Adrian Figueroa
    The Imagination Agency
  • Robb Harper
    edible WOW
  • Kibibi Blount-Dorn
    Detroit Food Policy Council



Wasted food is the food that can otherwise be eaten but is thrown away. In the U.S., we waste 40% of the food we grow and most of that happens at home. That waste costs money — estimates are that families of four can save anywhere from $1600 – $2200 a year by not throwing as much food away. And it costs our environment because food that rots in landfills turns into a greenhouse gas that makes the earth hotter, which causes even more problems.

Fortunately, it’s easy to Make Food Not Waste. By eating leftovers, understanding what those date labels on food really mean, planning meals ahead of time, and other simple changes, you can put more money in your pocket and make the world a little healthier for everyone.