By AM980 Staff
Students from Western University are looking for volunteers to help with a new food rescue initiative in London.
The program, called reHarvest, was created by three university students to help transport food from businesses to non-profit organizations that deliver food education programs.
“Businesses and organizations have been surprisingly receptive to us,” said reHarvest spokeswoman Amy Wang.
“It’s empowering to see that they care about the solution that we are building and hate to see food being thrown out.”
Seven businesses, including the Western Fair Farmers’ Markets, and Old East Village Grocer, have already agreed to donate to the program.
According to the National Zero Waste Council, developed countries throw away roughly 40 per cent of all food, which is oftentimes still edible.
“We really believe that anyone deserves access to healthy and nutritious food, so we support community oriented food programming like picking up food from grocery stores and bakeries that would’ve been thrown out,” said Wang.
There are 26,000 Londoners who can’t afford consistent access to healthy meals, according to a recent report by the London Poverty Research Centre.
“There is enough food to go around,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “London needs greater food security and we can provide that through programs such as this. It makes me so proud to see Londoners helping Londoners through this program.”
Wang says reHarvest is currently looking for volunteers who can drive food donations from retailers to community centres. For more information go to www.reharvest.ca