Lourdes Juan works with 200 volunteers to rescue 4,000 lbs. of food per week from being thrown in landfill and delivers the food to service agencies in need. “I think if people saw how much food we waste, it would really be an eye-opener.” Instead of perfectly good food ending up in the landfill, The Leftovers Foundation ensures it gets to service agencies including homeless shelters, emergency shelters for women and after school outreach programs.
Close to half of all food produced worldwide is wasted. Discarded in processing, transport, grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries and kitchens. The food is perfectly edible, just not marketable. This is where The Leftovers Foundation comes in to rescue the food, ensuring it gets used, reducing food waste.
The Leftovers Foundation
The Leftovers Foundation is a non-profit organization that rescues food that would otherwise be thrown into the landfill. To reduce food waste and deliver the excess,, it delivers the food to 40+ service agencies in Calgary and Edmonton, including Calgary Drop-In Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Women’s Emergency Shelter, and Inn from the Cold, that provide housing, food and opportunities for those that are impoverished.
Through building a volunteer network, working with local health boards, and local businesses that donate the food, The Leftovers Foundation’s innovation is two-fold: using surplus food to help service agencies, while reducing the amount of food that goes into landfill. The 4,000 lbs of perfectly good food The Leftovers Foundation rescues from being thrown in the landfill each week, equates to 138,000 meals served per year, 95.96 tonnes of CO2 diverted from the atmosphere, and 28 million litres of water saved.