Set to attend the first Feeding the 5000 event on these shores last fall, I didn't. I could've, but the loss of a friend over the summer, as well as a parent who spent a good two months in both hospital and physical rehabilitation recovering from a severe infection, provoked the Jiminy Cricket-sized voice inside me to call time out.
Thanks to the work of Tim Berners-Lee and company, I did make one or two virtual friendships with organizers in the Bay Area and connected on a couple of social platforms; the nascent idea in my head searching for roots was a vision of Feeding the 5000 Front Range--a one-day shindig increasing food-waste awareness (40 percent of all edible food is tossed, here, in the US) via simultaneous events in Colorado cities along the I-25 corridor: Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins.
Jordan Figueiredo, one of the contacts I made in my prep to attend Feeding the 5000 Oakland, recently became the USA Ambassador to Feedback, the organization that manages the food-recovery events.
Doubly fortunate is the once nascent idea in my head became the now resilient idea in my head: I reached out to Jordan, yesterday, and he and I are scheduled for a conference call early next week to see if we can give a worthy cause room to grow in the wide-open spaces of Colorado.