July 1st, 2019
Second Harvest’s innovative FoodRescue.ca platform started as a “Wouldn’t it be great if…” idea in 2017: wouldn’t it be great if any amount of surplus food in the supply chain could be donated to any non-profit, anywhere, any time?
What started as an ambitious idea is now a food recovery reality. After successfully piloting in Toronto, Sudbury, Kingston and Niagara, we launched access across Ontario last fall. FoodRescue.ca already has over 1400 members that are keeping good food from going to landfill by rescuing it for people to access through local community programs.
What started out as an ambitious idea is now a food recovery reality. FoodRescue.ca already has over 1400 members that are keeping good food from going to landfill by rescuing it for people to access through local community programs.
Loblaw Companies Limited – supporters of Second Harvest since our inception in 1985 – recognized the need to recover as much food as they could in their stores. Seeing the potential for this online tool to be used across Canada, Loblaw provided $415,000 to support the platform in Ontario and begin expansion in British Columbia, starting with the lower mainland and Vancouver Island, with future growth intended across the province.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment that we’ve come so far in such as short time. We would like to thank Loblaw Companies Limited for their foresight in seeing the need for FoodRescue.ca in the west, and are thrilled that the B.C. community is embracing this system so enthusiastically!”
Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest
On June 11th, we made a special announcement at the Great Canadian Superstore in Surrey. Volunteers and staff from the Surrey Food Bank rescued the first-ever food donation made through FoodRescue.ca in the province of British Colombia.
In the first week, 23 food donors, including 20 Loblaw and affiliate stores, a farm, a restaurant and a hotel, registered on FoodRescue.ca along with 24 non-profit organizations. This means that hundreds of thousands of pounds of nutritious, surplus food will be eaten and enjoyed, not lost to landfill.
“Serving over 14,000 people per month in Surrey and North Delta, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to acquire healthy and nutritious food to help our low-income neighbours. FoodRescue.ca will allow us access to high-quality items and help to build partnerships with local suppliers. This new tool will be a great additional way to aid in our client programming and serve those most vulnerable in our community.”
Feezah Jaffer, Executive Director, Surrey Food Bank
We thank Loblaw Companies Limited for their incredible investment in Second Harvest over the years and their tremendous support of future food recovery.
We’ve started a Food Rescue Revolution and it is spreading!