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