Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network

Farm & Food Care Prince Edward Island in partnership with the City of Charlottetown, is taking action to help address food waste and food insecurity by creating a local food recovery network. The goal of this project is to divert surplus food from producers, wholesalers, and retailers to local organizations, such as food banks and soup kitchens.

The project, which is funded by the Government of Prince Edward Island through the Climate Challenge Fund, also aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste. Rotting food generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. As a result, food waste is thought to be responsible for 8 to 10% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

The food recovery network project will include:

  • An assessment of local food waste;
  • Targeted engagement and discussions with potential food donors such as food producers, wholesalers and retailers as well as potential food recipients such as food banks;
  • Deployment of Second Harvest’s Food Rescue App that will help put local surplus food into use in the community;
  • A small scale infrastructure fund that will support local non-profits to purchase the equipment they need to accept and distribute an increase of food donations; and,
  • Educational marketing and tools to increase the general public’s awareness around food waste and the importance of finding a home for healthy, delicious and nutritious food.

Farm & Food Care PEI and the City of Charlottetown are working with Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity, to implement the Food Recovery Network. To learn more, visit www.secondharvest.ca/pei 


Small Scale Infrastructure Fund

The Small Scale Infrastructure Fund is one component of the Food Recovery Network. This fund is intended to support purchases of infrastructure up to a maximum of $5,000 that will assist non-profit organizations in receiving donations through the Second Harvest Food Rescue App and distributing this surplus food to their clients. 

Applications are open until May 31, 2022. Click here to find the application form and to learn more.