New Grocery Store Uses Recycled Waste

Beginning October 1, a Rescued Food Market will open in Vancouver, British Columbia. Organized by the Food Stash Foundation, the market’s hours of operation will be Fridays from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Through partnerships with local restaurants and business, the foundation is able to rescue over 70,000 pounds of food per month and redistribute it to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the city.

According to the foundation’s website, rescued food constitutes “good surplus perishable food that grocery stores, wholesalers and farms would be throwing away due to overstocking, canceled orders, an approaching best before date, or not fulfilling stringent consumer standards [ex: produce that is too big or too small].”

Carla Pellegrini, the executive director of the Food Stash Foundation, hopes that the new market will serve as a place for families to find “nutritious surplus food” from farms, grocers and wholesalers. Individuals will be able to both donate food and receive food at no cost. Instead, Rescued Food Market will follow a “pay what you feel” policy, where shoppers can choose what to donate.

The foundation’s site emphasizes this saying, “pay what you feel” rather than “pay what you can” eliminating “any shame associated with not being able to afford the rising cost of food.”

Open to everyone regardless of socioeconomic status, the market will provide more quality, affordable food while simultaneously educating the community about the issue of food waste.

“I am hoping that it gets our name out there a little bit so people know that there is this amazing, really high quality, fresh food that they can access on Friday afternoons,” Pellegrini said. “And there are zero barriers for them to access it. I’m hoping it’ll be a wholesome, supportive community.”Additionally, Fresh Start hopes to promote the development of a circular economy. (A circular economy according to National Geographic, is “a collection of strategies—some old, such as reducing, reusing, and recycling, and some new, such as renting rather than owning things—that together are meant to reshape the global economy to eliminate waste.”)

Source: Newsweek