Thanksgiving is almost here, and when we think about how many food we are going to eat throughout the day we take a deep breath and think: “Yummy”. Unfortunately, this season is known for the amount of food waste, and we usually don’t imagine how many people would like to enjoy a similar meal.
Not just during especial dates, but during the year, food like that, is thrown away by grocery stores and restaurants, and now serves to supply homes in need in London.
As already imagine, when grocery stores receive new shipments from their suppliers, older food is removed to make room for the newer products. The older food which is often still healthy, is designated for the dumpster.
“Our goal is to take that food out of the landfill,” says Mariam Hamou from communications of London Food Coalition.
She explains that the excess produce is picked up by the organization, then dropped off at their food hub. There, the food is sorted and repacked in storage bins for redistribution to partner agencies in London.
According to the website’s organization, in Canada, more than $30 billions worth of food is thrown away every year. Grocery stores make up nearly half of that total. Most of that it is still fresh and edible.
“Our organization created a frame work where they signed about 30 different non-profit organizations to receive the food.”
She also says that Canada is one of the bigger defenders of causes like that, and many regulations are trying to put order on the excessive waste of food in our country.
To learn more about the work of the organization access the London Food Coalition website.