food rescue and share
Food rescue is the process of gleaning viable food so that it is not going to waste. Instead it’s redirected to support local communities.
At the heart of our operation is Food Rescue, the process of gleaning viable food and redirecting it to support communities locally, provincially and even nationally. What we call gleaning is the act of rescuing food that is still consumable; this accounts for 77 per cent of the 14.4 million pounds of food donations received last year. Our 398 food industry partners may have food they cannot sell due to factors such as near date perishable, over stock items, labelling errors, or bent packaging.
Our experience and expertise allow us to work within the food industry’s supply chain to ensure food is delivered to where it is needed most. Securing quality food donations ensures nutritious food for clients and partner agencies working to reduce the root causes of poverty. It also identifies true waste and related costs. The Calgary Food Bank and food industry work together to find opportunities that will result in a hunger-free community with zero waste.
of food donations
come from more than
398 food industry partners
OUR FOOD INDUSTRY PARTNERS INCLUDE:
• Grocery stores
• Farmers markets
• Transportation companies
“We are happy to take everything we are sent, from canned vegetables, fruit, meat, pasta, to peanut butter. I don’t think we’d be able to operate without this as it would be impossible to fill the need out here without your help.”
Iyahrhe Nakoda Food Bank Society
Food movement in a crisis
We are part of a provincial and national network that works with relief organizations, food banks, food industry and transportation companies to provide food support in times of disaster.
How do we do this? Calgary is a delivery hub for the food industry supply chain. We worked for over 35 years to become a link in that chain. Our capacity to accept and distribute large volumes of food allows us to redistribute to other organizations as part of the Regional and National Food Share program. This capacity provides flexibility to mobilize and direct food when and where it’s needed in times of crisis such as the 2013 Alberta floods, the 2016 Fort McMurray and 2017 and 2018 B.C. wildfires.