Operation: Food Rescue


Eugene tosses 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill each year. Half of this food waste comes from homes. The other half comes from commercial food-generating businesses. When food waste goes to the landfill its breakdown creates harmful greenhouse gas emissions. 

Food waste is not an issue confined to Eugene. In the United States, an estimated 20-40% of food never makes it to the grocery store – mostly because of excessively strict cosmetic standards. Globally, a third of all the food produced in the world is never consumed. 

Food waste creates huge issues both locally and abroad. Luckily, we have solutions and opportunities to change that.


The second annual Operation: Food Rescue is an event to highlight the issues around our global food waste epidemic and to draw awareness to food that is wasted throughout the supply chain. This event is an effort to bring people and organizations spanning many sectors together to showcase the simple and fun solutions to reducing wasted food at home. Join us at WildCraft Cider Works from 4:30-7:30pm on Saturday, September 22nd.

This event features a spotlight on wonky and imperfect produce! Half of the produce grown in the U.S. is trashed because it’s bruised, misshapen, discolored or has some other deformity that’s non-threatening. While all this food goes to waste, 1 in 6 Oregonians go hungry. At Operation: Food Rescue, you will learn how to get involved in food justice initiatives locally.

Additionally, the event will include a delicious meal made by Marché from would-be wasted ingredients with a suggested sliding scale donation of $5-15. No one will be turned away due to financial hardship. Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/operation-food-rescue-tickets-47311803879 or will be available in-person on the day-of the event. Donations for the event will go to Willamette Farm & Food Coalition's Double Up Food Bucks Program. Live music by Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts and the Ukulele All-Stars.

This event could not be possible without our amazing food donor partners:
- Lane County Farmers Market
- Ambrosia Farm
- Organic Redneck
- Sweet Leaf Organics
- Red Hat Melons
- The Bread Stop Bakery
- Winter Green Farm
- Turnip the Beet Farm

And our organizational partners...
- Eugene Area Gleaners
- Eugene Burrito Brigade
- Hummingbird Wholesale
- Mountain Rose Herbs

There will also be kid-friendly games and fun activities for people of all ages. Including an imperfect-produce giveaway sponsored by Willamette Farm & Food Coalition, a free food-waste themed photo booth by Smile Photo Booth, and an "ugly" fruit and veg photo contest with prizes!

To volunteer, sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/PQiKPq3IZNKElanY2 

For our inaugural event in 2017, over 130 residents attended and enjoyed an evening of free, delicious food and inspiring local speakers.

Contact Us

  1. Waste Prevention & Green Building

    Deveron Musgrave
    Waste Prevention & 
    Green Building Analyst
    Atrium Building
    99 W. 10th Ave.
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-6842
    Fx: 541-682-5593