When working toward a goal as vast as sustainability, partnerships are key. Loblaw Companies Limited recently invested in such a partnership, teaming up with Canada-based food rescue organization Second Harvest. The two are rolling out plans to eliminate food waste, support communities, and expand Loblaw’s 35-year partnership across Canada. The retailer has also committed to invest $1 million to bring all of its banner stores up to speed with Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca.
“Loblaw has committed to closing the gap between hunger and surplus food, with an aim to reduce or divert food waste in its stores,” said Tonya Lagrasta, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility at Loblaw. “We are proud to be deepening our relationship with Second Harvest and help scale FoodRescue.ca into new communities throughout Canada. As Canada’s largest food distributor, our stores are uniquely positioned so that, together, we can make a significant impact.”
According to a press release, Loblaw is invested in reducing its own environmental impact through a variety of waste systems, energy efficiencies, and community level initiatives.
Loblaw currently has 156 locations registered on the FoodRescue.ca in Ontario and British Columbia. So far, these stores have donated 500,000 meals to their local communities.
“Loblaw has been a supporter of Second Harvest from the very beginning, and we are looking forward to this next exciting phase of our relationship. Together, we’re leading a food rescue revolution,” said Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest. “The need to recover surplus food and redistribute it to Canadians has never been more crucial, and FoodRescue.ca is the simple, scalable solution to prevent surplus food from becoming lost and wasted.”
This grocery partnership highlights Loblaw's commitment to putting a stop to one of our industry's greatest issues.
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