18 C
Ontario
Thursday, October 21, 2021

‘Pay what you feel’: Vancouver market tackles food waste, food insecurity


How does “pay what you feel” sound for a grocery bill?

It’s the business model for Vancouver’s first rescued food market, now open in the city’s Olympic Village neighbourhood.

The market is one face of the Food Stash Foundation, a group aiming to both reduce food waste and connect people in need with nutritious food in a an environment that gives them dignity and choice.

Read more:
‘There’s always a need’: Little free pantries hope to feed Vancouver’s hungry

“It’s a ‘pay what you feel’ market — to take away the stigma of not being able to afford food we don’t want to say pay what you can,” community and sustainability manager Maddie Hauge told Global News.


Click to play video: 'Vancouver joins grassroots movement for community fridges and pantries'







Vancouver joins grassroots movement for community fridges and pantries


Vancouver joins grassroots movement for community fridges and pantries – Apr 25, 2021

“People choose what they want to donate. We recommend the amount of $2.60 per pound, based on Food Banks Canada’s valuation of donated food.”

Story continues below advertisement

Nobody is turned away, regardless of whether they have money or not, she added.

The market deals in perishable foods that otherwise would have gone to the compost or landfill, rescued from large grocery stores, farms and wholesalers.

Read more:
No-barrier community fridge opens for people in need in Kelowna

The group accepts donations including produce, dairy, eggs, baked goods and meat, which they freeze.

“It’s good, fresh surplus food. It’s food that hasn’t sold due to cancelled orders or perhaps it doesn’t look quite right but its still nutritious,” Hauge said.


Click to play video: 'B.C. community food pantry helping neighbours in need'







B.C. community food pantry helping neighbours in need


B.C. community food pantry helping neighbours in need – Dec 30, 2020

Since the Food Stash Foundation began operating out of a Vancouver teacher’s basement in 2016, it has grown to rescue about 32,000 kilograms of food per month, much of which is redistributed to local partner charities.

Story continues below advertisement

Read more:
“It’s their first time’: More people than ever are turning to food banks under COVID-19

Until now, it had been operating out of a closed commissary, and Hauge said the foundation is keen to invite the public in to shop or to learn about food security.

“We’re so excited for the public to know we’re here,” she said. “Everyone is welcome regardless of income or socioeconomic class. We just want everyone to come and learn about food rescue, food waste and food insecurity.

The market is open Fridays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at 340 West 2nd Avenue in Vancouver.




© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.





Source link

Latest news

New high-performance racetrack unveiled north of Calgary – Calgary

If you have the need for speed and a hot set of wheels to go along with it, a brand new racetrack is...

How will Alberta’s new city councils work with province?

Local leadership in communities across Alberta got a big shakeup Monday night, with new mayors, councilors and school board trustees. The new faces...

Lake Country woman voices concerns over unvaccinated care workers in private homes

A Lake Country woman who has spent nearly 40 years in a wheelchair is voicing concern about unvaccinated care workers being sent into...
Related news

New high-performance racetrack unveiled north of Calgary – Calgary

If you have the need for speed and a hot set of wheels to go along with it, a brand new racetrack is...

How will Alberta’s new city councils work with province?

Local leadership in communities across Alberta got a big shakeup Monday night, with new mayors, councilors and school board trustees. The new faces...

Lake Country woman voices concerns over unvaccinated care workers in private homes

A Lake Country woman who has spent nearly 40 years in a wheelchair is voicing concern about unvaccinated care workers being sent into...