The increase of people using food banks and the decrease of food bank donations is leaving a lot of people in the lurch.
There isn't enough food for everyone who needs it, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to stock the shelves.
Luckily, three major grocery chains in Canada are taking part in a trial project that, if successful, could save all the failing food banks across the country.
Loblaws, Sobeys, and Metro have all agreed to donate the perfectly edible food that would otherwise be thrown out at the end of the day.
"It means a better quality of food (at food banks) and a consistent supply," said Annie Gauvin, executive director of Food Banks of Quebec. "People give a lot during the holidays, during food drives and at different times of the year. But there are times of the year, when the shelves are empty, when it's harder to distribute, but the supermarket program will mean weekly deliveries to regional food banks, all year long."
A similar project in the past helped to recover 5.5 MILLION pounds of food for food banks.
The province of Quebec, where the project is taking place, has also donated a one-time grant of $400,000 to help offset costs of extra freezers, transportation, and storage.
"It takes political will for a group of people with diverse interests but who all have a heart for doing the right thing," said Sam Watts, the CEO of Welcome Halls Mission. "It's allowing us to recuperate huge quantities of food that would otherwise be lost and thrown away, and put into dumps and create greenhouse gases."
The hope is that within the next 3 years, there will be 611 stores participating in this project (there are currently 177.) That would be almost 2/3 of all the grocery stores in Quebec.
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