Today’s Food Waste Friday is a spotlight on Be One To Give (Instagram) whom I learnt about via an Insta-story. The following are the responses to my food waste questions.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: Be One to Give is a food delivery app for retailers with surplus prepared food on site at the end of the day. Our target clients are grocery stores, convention centres, food courts, and hotels, creating a circular economy by rescuing and redistributing their surplus food to shelters within the hour of receipt. To date we’ve rescued more than 12,000 lbs of food, feeding roughly 9,100 people in Toronto.
Q: What are your thoughts on our current food waste situation?
A: Food waste is out of control on a global scale; in Canada, it ballooned $18 Billion since 2015 taking our national issue to $49 Billion. This number is still rising and will continue to do so unless we learn tactics that can reduce the amount of food wasted across all sectors of the food supply chain. Our platform is definitely one way to divert surplus edible food resources from hitting our landfills, however we all need to do more to ensure we’re able to succeed in combating this issue nationally.
A: Our platform intends to eliminate avoidable food waste in the retail sector across Canada, with plans to engage beyond that sector as we scale. The business simultaneously combats food insecurity across Canada by redistributing surplus food resources to shelters and other community agencies providing assistance to the more than 5.6 million Canadians suffering from food insecurity.
Q: What do you suggest is the easiest action a person can make when i comes to reducing their food waste?
A: The simplest thing to do is watch what you eat and how much you buy on a regular basis. Consumers (in Canada) are responsible for 47% or our national issue stemming from excess food purchases that expire prior to consumption. If we all were to take note of exactly how much food we’re eating each week, we can scale our purchases to match that level of consumption to ensure we’re not unnecessarily contributing to our national food waste issue.