Food Stash Foundation has a two fold mission: to rescue food from producers and suppliers that would have been destined for the landfill, and to deliver edible food items to charities, as well as food-insecure households and individuals in Vancouver. By doing so, we seek to reduce the environmental impact of food waste and address food insecurity within our community.
Our vision is a thriving society where all, regardless of income and ability, have access to nutritious food that supports overall health and well-being without compromising our environment.
REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF FOOD WASTE
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, roughly 1/3 of the food produced globally is wasted somewhere along our current food-chain. The greenhouse gases emitted by food waste have been identified as a major contributor to climate change and global warming - decomposing food emits methane, a common greenhouse gas.
The numbers in canada
56.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions are created each year from food waste in Canada.
The estimated value of food waste is 49.5 billion dollars
Of the 35.5 million metric tonnes of total food waste, 32% could be avoided and redirected to those in need.
Source: Government of Canada. Learn more
BRIDGING THE FOOD INSECURITY GAP
What is food security? Food Security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences, for an active and healthy life. Food Insecurity is defined as the inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so.”
food insecurity: The numbers in british columbia
This means that approximately half a million people in BC worry about feeding themselves and their family before the next pay cheque, which increases the likelihood to run out of food, skip meals, cut portion sizes, and even go days without eating because of the financial and physical challenges to accessing nutritious food.
Source: BC Center for Disease Control. Learn more
STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITY
There is no simple solution to eliminating food waste. Collaboration amongst individuals, communities, non-profits, private and public sectors, and all levels of government is needed in order to create a more sustainable food system that does not compromise our environment. At Food Stash, we are dedicated to rescuing food to lessen our environmental footprint, feed those in need, and create meaningful relationships to collectively make a positive impact and build a healthier community.