Why We Exist
More than a third of food produced and distributed in Canada never gets eaten, resulting in significant environmental, economic, and social consequences. This grossly inefficient use of resources forces local governments into excessive costs for waste disposal, generates avoidable greenhouse gases at all stages of the production and distribution chain, and costs the Canadian economy up to $100 billion annually. With all this excess food going to waste, it is unfathomable that a significant number of Canadians are food insecure. One in eight households in Canada is food insecure, which amounts to over 4 million Canadians, 1.15 million of which, are children. Food insecurity is higher amongst low-income households, lone parents, people who rent rather than own their home, individuals who receive social assistance, women, single people, and households with young children.