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Nourishing News | Fall 2023 – Program Spotlight

By Daisy Yiu
October 3, 2023
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ReclaimFRESH Food Rescue Program – Wasting Less and Feed More

Another way you’re helping neighbours facing hunger.

It’s early Friday morning, and one of our long-time truck drivers is on the road. First stop — a local grocery store to pick up a skid of produce. Perfectly healthy, perfectly fresh food. But unsellable because it’s not quite the picture-perfect shape.

This produce would otherwise end up in the landfill. Instead, through our ReclaimFRESH Food Rescue Program, we’ll get it into the homes of those who need it the most.

“Everything that’s donated is perfectly good,” says Linda Bruce, Food Procurement & Donations Specialist. “But it can’t be put on store shelves for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with quality.”

We have a team of dedicated truck drivers who make these trips daily — crisscrossing the city to reach grocery stores, food wholesalers, producers, and farmers.

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These incredible partners provide truckloads of surplus, high-quality food, which is then inspected and sorted in our warehouse, and redistributed through our network of food bank agency members.

The bottom line? Together, we’re getting fresh fruit, vegetables, and other nutritious staples to families who might otherwise go without.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” says Linda. “You’re feeding people in need and reducing food loss. We can’t thank you enough.”

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