Food Stash Foundation is a Registered Canadian Charity founded in 2016 with the goal of rescuing surplus food directly from suppliers and redirecting it to households in our community that experience food insecurity, while reducing the environmental impact of food waste. Whether it is through our rescued food box program—delivering weekly food boxes right to the doorsteps of our members—or through our partnerships with other local non-profit food security programs that receive surplus food, we are on a mission to bridge the food insecurity gap and bring awareness to how our food choices impact our environment and our health.
Food Stash Foundation was founded in 2016 by David Schein, a local Vancouver-based teacher who became inspired to reduce food waste after watching the documentary Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. He saw an opportunity to improve our environment while also feeding individuals and families in need. By October 2017, Food Stash became a registered Canadian charity. The Rescued Food Box program had its beginnings in a basement suite, where David and volunteers would meet to sort and box food for 9 families. His energy and dedication was infectious - as our volunteer base grew so did the support from our community, both of which enabling Food Stash to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of many across our city. He remains a part of the organization today as co-chair on our Board of Directors.