Food waste is a big problem.
No one knows this better than food agencies that feed the hungry such as the Parkdale Food Centre. At Parkdale, fighting food loss begins even before food enters the kitchen. Last fall, Parkdale joined forces with the Dalhousie Emergency Food Cupboard in the 3rd annual Rideau Pines Gleaning Day. With the help of volunteers and clients they spent the day hand-harvesting leftover vegetables that were no longer economically profitable for the farm to harvest. This food was brought back to the Centre where it was served up in healthy meals to the same clients who helped harvest it.
In this busy environment volunteers, employees and clients share and enjoy the space. In our podcast, kitchen manager Simon Bell tells us about the challenges he faces working with donations. In many cases fresh food needs to be processed quickly to maintain quality and avoid waste. Parkdale preserves donations such as fruit from Hidden Harvest and offers freezer space to its clients who want to store food and may not have the means.