Overview of Friends in Need Food Bank Society Related to the Perishable Food Recovery Program
Present Status With the Perishable Food Recovery Program
Friends in Need Food Bank Society already has an outstanding track record of ensuring their clients are being provided with quality food through established relationships with food retailers and wholesalers, as well as strong relationships with local farmers to ensure food is provided to fresh farm feed when it is not fit for human consumption. However, the perishable items, especially dairy and meat, have always been a challenging product area due to the requirements of ensuring the “cold chain” (being able to maintain safe internal temperatures during the handling of products) is maintained during transport and storage to ensure product safety.
Data Supporting the Success of the Program
In June 2019, the Perishable Food Recovery Facility opened, and we began picking up totes every day from the four Save-On-Foods stores in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The food is sorted, weighed and recorded using the FoodMesh Data Collection Program. We later had two additional stores participate - No Frills and Wal-Mart. As of November we have repurposed 1,186,898 kg of food previously destined for landfills. Of that 50% of that food has been distributed to clients of the food banks in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows as well as a number
of our community organizations and agencies dealing with food insecurity. Using industry accepted calculators, the following can be reported.
· $3.365,752 is the Charity Donation Value ($5.70/kg donated value)
· More than 2.255 million kg. of CO2 Emissions have been saved
Benefits of the Program
- Improving the health profile of our communities
- Diverting food from landfills, repurposing it and reducing the carbon footprint of our communities
- Supporting food retailers in improving their performance in the area of waste reduction, which is beneficial to society as a whole
- Improving educational outcomes for youth by ensuring they are adequately nourished, allowing them to concentrate on their classroom studies
- Providing further leadership within the area of establishing and maintaining strong inter-agency partnerships
- Providing our volunteers with an improved workspace to support our clients better
- For a short video on Friends in Need Food Bank Society’s Perishable Food Recovery Program, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAH2iI_0hPc.
- For further information, please contact Mary Robson, Executive Director at Friends in Need Food Bank Society at Director@FriendsNeedFood.com.