Upon learning that Hastings and Prince Edward Counties have the second highest level of food insecurity in Ontario, second to Algoma, a collaborative group of representatives from the Children and Youth Services Network and the Food Security Network was established in May 2013 to identify and implement one or more actionable projects that will improve access to healthy food by children, youth and families in HPE.
Under the leadership of working group co-chairs Ruth Ingersoll and Steve van de Hoef, the Toronto Second Harvest and Kingston Loving Spoonful models were researched and discussed, and a Food Reclamation Project proposal for Hastings-Prince Edward was born.
The Food Reclamation Project will reclaim surplus perishable foods from food producers, distributors and providers, and facilitate its distribution to organizations who serve individuals who are experiencing food insecurity. Primary outcomes include: (1) individuals who are hungry have improved access to nutritious food; and (2) measurable reduction in food waste from food producers, distributors and providers.
It’s an ideal project for a community with limited resources for food programs and a passion among organizations and individuals to combine forces and help people whose basic needs are not being met. It’s really a matter of matching groups who have leftover food with groups who need food and coordinating pick-up and delivery through volunteers. There is no need for storage, and the Donation of Food Act, 1994 and Good Samaritan Act, 2001 protect those who donate and distribute donated food in good faith and not-for-profit from any personal liability. This pilot project will run for twelve months and then be evaluated.
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