From executive producer Anthony Bourdain, “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste” aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food.
Through the eyes of celebrity chefs like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste” is a documentary examining the issue of food waste, its contribution to climate change, and how we all can make small changes, all of them delicious, to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival, in partnership with Island Harvest Food Bank, Sid Jacobson JCC, the Long Island Community Fund, and Nonprofit Data Solutions, is pleased to present “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. at Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Drive. Tickets for “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste” are $15, $10 for Gold Coast Film Society and SJJCC members, and can be purchased at www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.
Following the screening of “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste” will be a panel discussion examining the effects of food waste, which according to the EPA, is between 30-40 percent of the food supply corresponding to more than 133 billion pounds worth more than $161 billion at the retail and consumer level.
The panel will include New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky, Chair of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee; state Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair, of the Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Conservation; Randi Shubin Dresner, CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank, and chair of the Advocacy Committee for Feeding New York State; and Kendrick Repko, MS, RD, Brand Lead, Sustainable Retailing, Stop & Shop.
Filmgoers attending this event are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food to help assist more than 300,000 Long Islanders at risk of hunger and food insecurity. For a list of needed items, please visit www.sjjcc.org/foodwishlist.
This presentation of “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste” is part of a new series launched by The Gold Coast International Film Festival that will spotlight films focusing on a variety of social issues of importance to Long Islanders and the region. This series is supported in part by a grant from the Long Island Community Foundation. Following each film screening, a Q&A panel consisting of filmmakers, subject matter experts, and other relevant guests will be on hand to help audiences further explore the issues raised in the films.
Films are expected to touch on a wide range of topical subjects, including the environment, immigration, income equality, veterans’ issues, tolerance, and hunger, among others.