In October 2014, The Gathering Place’s Food Rescue program was launched.
The food we rescue and use in our drop-in meal programs is primarily perishable fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, milk and bread products. Everything we rescue is perfectly good food that has been donated because it is:
- close to expiry and won’t sell,
- discontinued, or
- in damaged packaging.
The Gathering Place contacted grocery retailers, producers, food distributors, restaurants, hotels, event planners and local businesses to discuss how we could prevent good food from going to waste. Many forward-thinking organizations made a commitment to donate their excess fresh food to The Gathering Place instead of throwing it in the garbage.
The Gathering Place estimates it has rescued over 10,000 lbs of food from going to waste since the launch of this program.