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And feed more than 14,000 people.
“We’re creating something beautiful that is completely new...”
Food waste costs $31 per week per household.
Second Harvest saved 8.2 million pounds of food destined for the dumpster in 2015, and they've rescued 100 million pounds total.
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Not only does the initiative give seniors access to nice, new-to-them duds, but it also reduces clothing waste.
The fact that food is discarded because we "have too much" or because it doesn't look right, or enough wasn't sold and it can be thrown away without a second thought goes to show that this food management program is not working right. We as a society need to learn the importance of eating locally and seasonally.
Public awareness of food waste is currently at an all-time high. Every day seems to bring news of entrepreneurs, researchers and experts who are talking about wasted food and food rescue. All of this attention makes Second Harvest's Executive Director Debra Lawson hopeful that awareness will translate to action.
People enjoy the taste so much they forget "they are eating something that would otherwise have gone into a landfill."
There’s nothing worse than leafy greens you bought last week turning brown.
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To freeze or not to freeze, that is the question.
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In May 2015, the French government did something incredible: the National Assembly unanimously passed a law forcing large supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities. That's how the #WhatAWaste campaign -- a grassroots effort to pressure Canada's political leaders to follow France's example -- was born.
Farmers in the U.S. discard between 20 and 40 percent of produce because it doesn't meet strict cosmetic standards despite being otherwise perfectly tasty and healthy.
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An Italian chef saw "an opportunity to do something that can make a difference" and grabbed it.
What can't be used by Second Harvest's own agency network is shared with a growing network of like-minded food organizations from Halton, Durham, Peel, and Waterloo, all the way to Hamilton and Montreal. Dispersing these surplus potatoes to organizations and people in need has created stronger reciprocal and peripheral partnerships.