Often, the items that end up in someone's home green bin are the little bits that don't go with anything else, or the left overs. We propose that the community come together, bring those food bits, and make something delicious, together, with them. So how does that work; start by utilizing systems that already exist. Let's gather people by posting dinner events on Nextdoor. Let's utilize the kitchen of a local restaurant on the day they are closed. Let's cook for each other, together, rather than requiring a professional to cook for us. And let's gather around a table to get to know each other better and nourish ourselves with the collective fare. This doesn't just keep food from going to waste, but it also strengthens our community and the community's resilience.
The "yes and"s to this are many:
- yes and youth can use these opportunities to learn to cook
- yes and restaurants that sponsor these dinners might attract new customers
- yes and adjacent communities can combine to make larger dinners, meet more people, explore our city
- yes and those who are food insecure can join and eat while feeling supported by their community
- yes and if a community has a large food generator nearby partnerships can be made to use their leftovers to feed everyone
- yes and obviously this will be fun - it should feel like a party