North Shore Table Matters

Food Rescue

The Scaling–up Food Rescue Project was created to lay the groundwork for a scaled-up food rescue model for the North Shore and beyond.  After investigating current barriers to food rescue in our community, we will propose measures to increase the amount of rescued food and ensure food-safe protocols throughout the system.

We offer conferences and workshops to foster connections between food retailers, food recovery organizations and community service agencies. We also provide ongoing support by mentoring principals and giving hands-on guidance on how to properly receive and prepare rescued food while addressing the nutritional needs of specific populations. These connections are proving essential for building trust, establishing best practices and sharing information – necessities for a successful Food Rescue System.

Why rescue food? To decrease organic waste disposal for retailers and to increase choices for food rescue organizations and community service agencies, giving more nutritious options for the individuals served.

Food Rescue redirects edible food that is no longer viable to the retail sector. Since fruits and vegetables are highly perishable, they form a large portion of surplus that could be used to feed people. These organics are also highly nutritious, making them even more crucial to the health of our most vulnerable populations.

The Scaling-up Food Rescue Project vision is to foster connections between food retailers, food recovery organizations and community service agencies to create a symbiotic relationship that benefits each entity involved.

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Scaling-up Food Rescue Project Goals:

  1. To raise awareness on the North Shore that a large portion of no-longer marketable surplus food is safe to eat and a beneficial, untapped resource.
  1. To design a working-capacity food rescue model to:

           (a) increase capabilities within stakeholder operations, and

           (b) ensure that liability and food safety issues are addressed throughout the process.

  1. To create and support partnerships with food retailers, food recovery organizations and community organizations (Metro Vancouver, North Shore Municipalities), Municipal councils (NSRP) and food security organizations (Table Matters, EGP).
  1. To share learned outcomes with stakeholders as well as the general public, near and far.

Scaling-up Food Rescue Project Activities:
October 8, 2014 – Scaling-up Food Rescue Launch

January 16, 2015 – Senior lunch collaboration with Sharing Abundance at St Agnes Church

February 10 & 11, 2015 – Collaborative lunch with the North Shore Food Hub

March 12, 2015 – Presentation to Elder U class at Capilano University

March 31, 2015 – Presentation to Social Justice students at Mountainside Secondary School

April 11, 2015 – Neighbours of the Wilderness – Session 4. Eco-justice group.

Mountainside Secondary 2015
North Van Secondary Students Get a Taste of Food Rescue.
A relay involving 4 teams synchronized their efforts and produced a satisfying lunch for members of the community.

Feel free to contact us with questions, comments and feedback:

Rubina Jamal, Project Coordinator – [email protected]

Scott Rowe, Technical Advisor/Chef –  [email protected]

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