—Donate Food

Fight poverty and protect our environment. You can reduce pollution and save money associated with food disposal. Together, we make life better for our communities.

Donating food is easy—let us know when you’ll have food to donate, and volunteers will sign up on our app to pick up your donation and drop it off at service agencies that get the food people who need it.

The Leftovers Rescue Food App helps us protect our environment by tracking food waste data that we can use to show food producers – who can use it to restructure their policies. Saving our environment starts with producers preventing tonnes of carbon and methane emissions associated with food waste from polluting the atmosphere.

There are many misconceptions surrounding food donation. Whether people are concerned about how food will be handled, used, or served, there is a common worry that most foods can’t be donated or that we can be held liable for harmful situations. You can learn about our food donation myth busters in our resource centre.

Our food donors can rest assured, with the knowledge that the Rescue Food App cuts down on their expenditures associated with the cost of food storage and the disposal of excess food. Donors also have the added value impact of knowing that they are making a valuable contribution to those in need in their communities.

We are currently operating in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hinton, and Airdrie. Food donations are vital to the work that we do.

696,440 meals provided in 2021

$2,682,280 saved in 2021

171 businesses donated food in 2021

By donating food, you can reduce pollution, save money associated with food storage and removal, and create awareness about how much local food is bound for landfills. When we work together, we foster a spirit of generosity and make life better for our communities.

The Home Harvest program allows for community members with gardens or fruit trees to have their produce harvested. At least half the harvested food will be donated to a service agency or our Anew upcycling program, and the other half may be split between the grower and the volunteer. As a grower, you are actively reducing food waste and increasing food access—it’s good for you, the community, and the environment. Reducing food waste starts at home.