Video produced by Ottawa Community Food Partnership. Funded by Ottawa Community Foundation.
In partnership with Just Food, Cooking for a Cause, Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard, Parkdale Food Centre, Box of Life, Partage Vanier Food Bank.
Box of Life empowers the community to close the loop on the food system by selling and educating on vermicomposting systems. Vermicomposting is great for apartment composting because of its small size, and can be done on a larger scale too for those farmers who want the best fertilizer nature can provide. Did you know that a composting earthworm has 5 hearts? Your worm farm at home could have as many as 10,000 hearts – so much love!
Hidden Harvest supports volunteer Neighbourhood Leaders to organize the harvest of fruits and nuts that would otherwise go to waste on public and private property. By removing challenges to access low-hanging fruit, volunteers are increasing their food sovereignty and that of the local population, preventing food waste and helping to develop Ottawa towards being a food-tree friendly city. Between 2012 and 2020 they rescued nearly 52,000 pounds of fresh, healthy, local food, and donated over 24,000 pounds to local food agencies.
Foodsharing Ottawa supports fairer, more sustainable ways of distributing, using and disposing of food. Their main focus is on rescuing surplus food from local businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants, and donating it back to the community where it’s needed. They also host a Facebook group called “Share it – Don’t Toss it” which provides a platform for individuals in Ottawa to share surplus food. FoodSharing Ottawa rescues close to 40,000lbs of food annually!
Project Name: Facebook Group
Zero Waste Ottawa facilitates a Facebook Group for people who are taking responsibility for reducing the amount of waste they produce.
Zero Waste – Ottawa
Project Name: Cooking For A Cause
Cooking for a Cause Ottawa redistributes excess food from organizations across Ottawa to food businesses that use it to create up to 4,000 meals per week for social service agencies.
Project Name: Community Harvest
The Ottawa Food Bank stops at local grocery stores and farms to pick up donations of fresh meat, produce, bakery, and deli goods. The food is then delivered the same day to one of their front line partners, typically a meal program or emergency housing shelter.
Seeking the transfer of responsibility for plastic and paper waste (including food packaging) from municipalities/consumers to producers
Project Name: Solid Waste Master Plan
The Solid Waste Master Plan will guide how we manage solid waste in Ottawa over the next 30 years.
Second Harvest acts as the largest food rescue organization in Canada and global thought leader on food recovery. They work across the supply chain from farm to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up in the landfill which negatively impacts our environment. Last year, they recovered 41 million pounds of unsold food and redistributed it to a broad network of over 3,000 not-for-profit organizations across Canada