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    FoodPrint Challenge Results

    Over the course of the challenge, participants wasted a total of 64 kilograms of food, with a daily household average of 302grams.  This is equivalent to throwing out three or four perfectly good apples every day.  Participants commented that they were not aware of how much food they waste. In Canada, an average family of four throws out about $1500 of food per year or around 470 grams per day. During the challenge, the most common reason food was wasted was that it went past the “best before date”. “It may not have been necessary to throw out these items,” commented Sally Hayes, Foodprint project coordinator. Foodprint participants reported that the…

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    Salmon in the Kitchen

    If you love eating salmon but aren’t too sure about preparing it yourself, then you should sign up for the Salmon in the Kitchen workshops that Living Oceans is hosting this summer in Vancouver. You’ll get a hands-on opportunity to cook, fillet and can fresh salmon under the guidance of expert chefs. All the salmon will be supplied by Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery delivered fresh off the boat right into downtown Vancouver.   This year, the workshops are being held at the Save On Meats Community Kitchen at 43 W. Hastings. Workshop details and registration: Register online for the workshops

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    Food Rescue: What We’ve Learned & Where We’re Going

    On June 4, the Scaling Up Food Rescue Project’s Rubina Jamal and Scott Rowe held a working conference to present and then discuss findings that they gleaned over the past 12 months. The audience was welcomed by the District’s Mayor Richard Walton and took advantage of this open forum to ask questions and come up with solutions to make Food Rescue a reality on the North Shore. Representatives from two area non-profits that provide meals in the community – Lizz Lindsay from Sharing Abundance and Annwen Loverin from Silver Harbour Senior Centre shared concrete examples of how Rubina and Scott’s Food Rescue model worked successfully for their organizations. The stage…

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    Food Rescue Project Shares Stories

    On June 4th the Table Matters’ Scaling Up Food Rescue Project hosted an event with 50 participants at the District of North Vancouver to share what they had learned over the past year.  The event set the stage for ongoing dialogue between food industry providers, Community Service Organizations, Elected Officials and others who share a common goal of creating easy and safe access to nutritious food for our community.  

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    District of West Vancouver- Hen Bylaw Process

    Please provide your input to the West Vancouver survey. Until 2008, the District of West Vancouver allowed the keeping of backyard chickens (hens only). Since 2008, the keeping of backyard chickens has been prohibited. At a recent Council Meeting, some members of the community made a request to keep chickens (hens only) in their backyards. Council directed staff to gather information and report back. Staff provided an Information Report to Council on May 25, 2015, recommending a brief public consultation to gather input from residents and community groups. Please take a moment to share your opinion about this initiative by taking the survey at the link below. You will be asked to…

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    Food Waste Reduction a Global Issue

    While fighting hunger and reducing food waste are goals shared by many developing countries, Tanzania is taking steps unlike any other to address its waste and spoilage problems, as Rachel Cernansky writes in The New York Times’s Fixes column. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/04/whats-working-tanzania-harvest-corn_n_7204050.html  

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    Food Rescue News

    Reaching out to the community, Rubina and Scott took part in a “Hope Filled” Saturday afternoon at St. Clement’s Church on April 11. The North Vancouver Anglican and Lutheran Churches Spirituality and Eco-Social Justice working group organized four sessions over four months at four different churches to better understand the impact of land, energy, water and food on the earth. During this final session, Rubina and Scott shared their expertise around Food Rescue and discussed active possibilities for making the most of this unused resource. Discussion ensued and garnered interesting ideas for the Scaling-up Food Rescue Project.

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    North Shore Food Connections

    Working in tandem is the key to success, proving once again that the end product can turn out to be many times greater than the sum of each part. A relay organized by the Scaling Up Food Rescue Project and involving 4 teams on Feb 11 synchronized their efforts and produced a satisfying lunch for members of the community: Coach Scaling Up Food Rescue Project Tag Team No.1 Real Canadian SuperStore *Donated un-marketable produce Tag Team No. 2 Community Angel Food Runners *Picked-up donations from Canadian SuperStore and delivered them to kitchen at Silver Harbour Senior Centre Tag Team No. 3 Silver Harbour Senior Centre *Chef Zoltan created Roasted Red…

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    Rescued Food Lunch

    On January 16, the Scaling- up Rescue Project, in conjunction with Sharing Abundance and Quest Food Exchange, served a lunch for 30 seniors at St Agnes Church in North Vancouver. The purpose of the collaboration was to demonstrate how Community Organizations can use rescued food to produce a nutritious meals for their clients. Rescued salmon and cabbage was used to produce a tasty and healthy meal!    

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    Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School

    Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Growing new farmers! The Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School is a new collaboration between the Tsawwassen First Nation and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen University. The Kwantlen Institute for Sustainable Food System is interested in systemic change around our local and global food systems. Cognizant of the importance of on the ground initiatives, the Institute has been running the Richmond Farm School since 2010. Contact at tfs@kpu.ca and see www.kpu.ca/tfnfarm