Overview of Friends in Need Food Bank Society Related to the Perishable Food Recovery Program
Present Status With the Perishable Food Recovery Program
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 now have No Frills, Great Canadian Superstore, FreshCo and Wal-Mart participating. As of July 2023 we have repurposed 1.9 million kg of food previously destined for landfills. Of that 50% 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.
· Over $5.3 million is the Charity Donation Value ($5.70/kg donated value)
· More than 4.9 million kg. of CO2 Emissions have been saved