Canadians waste more than two-million tonnes of food each year, according to the National Zero Waste Council. Twenty-one per cent of dairy, eggs and field crops, 38 per cent of produce, and 20 per cent of meat are wasted by restaurants and other food services.
Needless to say, that’s a lot of wasted food.
MEANS Database, a U.S. based non-profit, wants to divert all that excess food from the trash to those who need it most. Here’s how it works: the database works with more than 3,000 partners throughout the U.S. (i.e. food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, houses of worship, etc…), as well as any type of professional food setting, like restaurants and grocery stores. Everything is done online. Users sign up and tell the system where they’re located, what they need and how far they’re willing to travel to pick up donations. Once those parameters become available, users will be emailed.
Yes, it’s that easy.
Founder and executive director of MEANS, Maria Rose Belding, sat down on Your Morning to tell us more about the initiative, which has officially launched in Canada. Watch the video clip above for more.