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Agriculture minister announces details of $50M program to direct surplus food to those in need

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced details on Thursday of a $50-million program that will redirect surplus perishable food products to vulnerable people during the pandemic.

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Hellmann’s addresses food waste with new Animal Crossing virtual game

Hellmann’s Canada has created an island in Nintendo’s popular game Animal Crossing to help promote reduction in food waste. The “New Horizons” game gives players an opportunity to convert their virtual food waste in the game into real food for people in need.

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App to Fight Food Insecurity Implemented Years Ahead of Schedule During Pandemic

An app that’s been in the works for a couple of years is helping to get food to those who need it most in Newfoundland and Labrador. This province has one of the highest rates of food insecurity among all Canadian provinces.

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Urgent tech overhaul speeds efforts to get surplus food to millions of people who need it

When COVID-19 hit, thousands of shuttered restaurants across the country had kitchens full of food about to spoil, even as lost income and empty grocery shelves left millions of Canadians struggling to put dinner on the table. Lori Nikkel, the chief executive officer of Second Harvest, knew her organization’s platform could help on both sides of the equation. But there was no time to follow her carefully laid plans for a gradual national rollout. She called RedBit Development President Mark Arteaga, the software consultant she’d begun working with last year, and told him the new expansion deadline was, well, now.

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Opinion: COVID-19 could change the way we feed Canadians

For years, Canadians have survived with a patchwork system of aid to feed the hungry – a sprawling, informal network of some 60,000 charitable groups offering sustenance. Then came COVID-19, which ruthlessly exposed the precarity of this existing system. It shuttered schools, churches, domestic violence shelters, summer camps and other institutions of civil society that had helped meet pre-pandemic needs.

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