Food security is a significant social issue faced by communities across Canada. Increased focus on greenhouse gas emissions has highlighted the harmful impact food waste has on the environment. Producers and retailers dispose of large amounts of consumable food due to minor flaws and defects in appearance before shipping to retailers. Additionally, grocery stores remove food from shelves and discard it when it is past its “best before” date; most items have not spoiled or expired and are consumable well beyond the date listed. Restaurants also dispose of unused food supplies at the end of the business day, as industry standards are to use fresh ingredients daily.
The Echo Food Rescue collects these food items and redistributes to our community that would otherwise go to waste.