Do you feel frustrated or helpless when you see perfectly good food being thrown out while knowing that there are plenty of people out there who would gladly benefit from having it?
There is something you can do about it.
A non-profit food rescue program launched in March as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vancouver Food Runners (VFR) diverts healthy food away from being thrown away by redirecting it to organizations that are helping people in need.
Since its inception, the organization has already saved 75,912 kilograms (167,357 pounds) worth of food from becoming waste, and provided the equivalent of over 139,000 meals.
So far, they’ve got 88 food donors and 35 charity partners participating in their program, with approximately 350 volunteers involved (after beginning with only about 15 volunteers).
Food donors include eateries, bakeries, food prep companies, and grocery stores, and range from Terra Breads, Freshslice Pizza, and UpMeals/Drew’s Catering and Events to UBC Farm, Savoury Chef Foods, and Fresh Direct Produce.
The charities that they deliver food to include KidSafe Project, Atira Women’s Resource Society, Covenant House, Lookout Housing and Health Society, Canuck Place, YWCA Metro Vancouver, and more.
With winter approaching and the pandemic stretching on, VFR is now seeking more volunteers and they’ve made it even easier to become involved with the release of their new Food Rescue Hero app, which allows people to log on, find a food supplier with an available food donation, and deliver it to the assigned charity on their own schedule.
Food Rescue Hero helps food recovery and hunger organizations with tech-coordinated food recovery programs with community-based networks. Vancouver is the first Canadian city to join the U.S.–based platform.
For more information, visit the Vancouver Food Runners website.