Close to half of food produced worldwide is wasted. Discarded in processing, transport, grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries and kitchens. LeftOvers Calgary is an organization that rescues food from being thrown in the garbage, and ensure it gets to service agencies in need. In Calgary, 23,165 households live in poverty* (with income less than $20,000 and spending more than 50% of their income on shelter).
Service agencies such as the Calgary Drop-In Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Making Changes Association and Inn from the Cold, provide housing, food, and opportunities for those that are impoverished. LeftOvers delivers perishable food to these locations to alleviate stress and fill the kitchens with fresh items. We are working on fixing a small portion of a very large problem.
A Few Statistics
In 2010, in Calgary, The ICI (Industrial, Commericial, Institutional Waste Diversion) disposed of 90 160 tonnes/ year in food waste which composed of 28% of total waste. For single family waste streams (waste collected via black cart program), 67 550 tonnes / year in food waste was disposed, which comprises 35% of total waste.