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Press Release – “Second Helpings” Food Reclamation Pilot Project Launch

Released by Working Group Member Maribeth deSnoo on April 8, 2014

Logo_SecondHelpings-page-0Event Details

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Time:  10:00 am

Location:  Loyalist College, Cafeteria


‘Second Helpings’ Co-Chairs, Steve van de Hoef, and Ruth Ingersoll will be joined by Loyalist College President Maureen Piercy and volunteers from Bridge Street United Church’s ‘Inn From the Cold’ program, as they announce Hastings and Prince Edward counties first food reclamation pilot project.

Second Helpings is the fruit of a joint working group of members from both the Food Security Network and the Children and Youth Services Network.  Together, these Networks are comprised of representatives from over 60 social service and community organizations.

Co-Chair Steve van de Hoef states, “That both Networks were aware of Hastings and Prince Edward counties’ high rate of food insecurity, continuing to rank second in Ontario in both moderate and severe food insecurity.  We realize the importance of taking action to address and reverse this trend in our communities.  We knew that we could only achieve this goal if we worked collaboratively.”

The purpose of food reclamation is to divert surplus perishable foods from food producers and facilitate its distribution to organizations who serve individuals who are experiencing food insecurity.

The Second Helpings working group will receive food from food producers, distributors or providers and coordinate its delivery to food service programs, or agencies serving individuals experiencing hunger and/or food insecurity. This redistribution will be accomplished with the assistance of volunteers, and with minimal food storage time.

Ruth Ingersoll, Second Helpings Co-Chair, notes that, “After reviewing other successful food reclamation projects in the province, we’re pleased to be launching our own pilot project that will link Loyalist College food service provider, Aramark, with the volunteers at Bridge Street United Church’s ‘Inn From the Cold’ program.  Our pilot project has adopted a decentralized structure that links our food provider directly with our recipient agency.  We look forward to the continued growth of this program, reducing food waste and providing meals to those in our community who would otherwise go hungry.”

For more information contact:

Maribeth deSnoo, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170, ext. 2205

Ruth Ingersoll, Community Development Council of Quinte, 613-968-2466

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

  1. before I came north and married someone with adequate income, I lived with my 2 children and part of the time with foster child.
    there were many food outlets in Kingston and we used them–another thing we were doing was ask grocers if we could have the outdated cans and wilted fresh vegetables–no difference in nutrition–Martha’s Table was great dinners and St Vincent de Paulle at base of main Princess St also had great meals. So Kingston is a very friendly place to live in some respects–there was also a meal out in Rideau Heights –this was a geared to income rent area

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