Cranbrook coalition aims to increase food recovery

Cranbrook produces an annual estimated 21 million pounds of food waste, according to the coalition

A group of concerned partners are gathering together to try and tackle unessessary food waste in the Cranbrook area.

The Cranbrook Food Recovery Coalition held their first meeting at the beginning of the month with the goal to decrease food waste in the community, increase nutritional value of local aid and community meals, increasing collaboration for food rescue, and decreasing food costs for local social programs.

Initial partners in the coalition include the Cranbrook Food Bank, The Salvation Army and Community Connections Society of SE BC

“The vision of the Coalition is a coordinated and effective food alliance of community groups recovering food or using food in their community programs,” states a press release from the organization. “The Coalition will share resources and knowledge, identify new opportunities to rescue high-quality fresh and perishable food, and enable community groups to support each other in preventing food waste.”

The group says that the estimated amount of annual food waste in the City of Cranbrook is up to 21 million pounds.

Starting in June, the coalition is hoping to start food collection and is looking for restaurants, farmers and grocers who are interested in donating fresh, healthy food that may no longer be sellable.

“The coalition recognizes how generously the community has been donating food over the years, and we look forward to finding new ways to make donating food easier and more effective,” reads the press release. “This project will further support efforts, streamline processes and provide food rescue services that are easy and liability free.”

The coalition is being financially supported by the Columbia Basin Trust, Bayer Canada and Canada Summer Jobs.

For information about donating to the coalition without liability or to join the coalition, contact the organization.

Just Posted

First Nations included in latest Columbia River Treaty talks

Seventh round of negotiations between Canada and U.S. wrap up in Washington D.C.

Runners hit the streets for Special Olympics

Cranbrook RCMP teamed up with Cranbrook Safeway on Saturday, June 22, for… Continue reading

School board reports January malware attack

Email systems compromised at board office and Fernie Learning Centre, according to memo

Bowen Byram goes fourth overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft

The Cranbrook native was picked by the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL draft

Residents asked to leave ‘fawn in area’ signs alone

Signs are there for the protection of deer and people

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Most Read