Since launching in March 2017 with the opening of Food Security Distribution Centre, located on Viewfield Road and operated by the Mustard Seed Street Church, the project collects 2,000kg of fresh food daily and distributes it through a network of 50 organizations including, non-profits, First Nations, and Public Schools, feeding an estimated 35,000 people each month.
The launch of the Food Rescue project was made possible by the Victoria Foundation matching funds of the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria for a total of $200,000 to seed the project and increase the capacity of the local non-profit sector to rescue an estimated 600,000kg of fresh food annually. This food from local grocery stores would otherwise be destined for the landfill. An additional $200,000 will be distributed in April 2018 by the Victoria Foundation in ongoing partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria, continuing the project’s expansion to new communities and reducing additional food waste through the installation of a commercial kitchen to process rescued food into soups and value added products for distribution to the food insecure.
The project continues to expand the reach of the food access system in the Capital Region, reducing hunger in our community and facilitating connections between vulnerable people and neighbourhood-based programs.