In 2016, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen joined forces with Feedback, an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to ending food waste and hunger. The work of Feedback and its founder Tristam Stuart had just been featured in the March issue of National Geographic when we teamed up with them for their first “Feeding the 5000” event in Union Square.
Partnering with a coalition of like-minded organizations, chefs and The Rockefeller Foundation to “Take Food Waste off the Menu,” we helped feed more than 5,000 New Yorkers in Union Square with our own Ratatouille, made right here at the soup kitchen. To make that happen, dozens of volunteers turned out for our Disco Chop Part to dice, chop and peel donated vegetables that would have otherwise gone to waste.
“Our dedication to preparing 1,000 meals every weekday using food sustainable best practices made this a natural fit for us to go all out and be a big part of raising awareness about the link between food waste and hunger with Feedback,” says Operations Director Michael Ottley. “In total, we made enough Ratatouille to not only feed more than 5000 in Union Square, but also 5000 to deliver to area programs, including our own guests on the day of the event… all without any interruption to our regular service.”