Thousands of pounds of food could be kept from going to waste through a new initiative in Kimberley.
The Healthy Kimberley Food Recovery Depot opened this month.
Their goal is to collect, sort and store perishables that would have otherwise become food waste and put it to use at local schools and the Food Bank.
Coordinator Kandice Mueller says they plan to work with several grocery stores or restaurants in the community.
“We pick up food from Save-On-Foods on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to start,” Mueller says. “We bring it to the depot, where we weigh it, sort it and go through it to make sure it is fit for human consumption and we bring some compost over to Cominco Gardens.”
She says it was pretty successful in just its first day alone.
“We received 230 pounds of food, 150 pounds of that was fresh produce,” Mueller says.
Mueller hopes the food collected can reduce expenses for community groups.
If you would like more information about the program or to find out about volunteering, you can contact Kandice Mueller at (250) 255-6494 or email email@example.com.
– Kandice Mueller, Healthy Kimberley Food Recovery Depot Coordinator
(Pictured: Some of the food recovered in the Healthy Kimberley Food Recovery Depots first day of operation.)