In metro-Vancouver 100, 000 tonnes of edible food is wasted every year. This is food that could have been eaten and therefore diverted from the waste stream. Food-worthy is working towards reducing this food waste by creating interactive modules for elementary and high school students to inspire them to be creative in their reduction habits and to share their knowledge with others. The module will fit within the new BC curriculum and ideally we will create it in collaboration with teachers, the city, and with the support of local non profits. By sharing stories about food we will encourage them to see the food that we are allowing to go to waste as worthy of being used and consumed in healthy ways.
In the City of Vancouver’s “Greenest City 2020 Action Plan Part two:2015 – 2020” they outline three goals which our program would address: 1) “4.1: Increase overall diversion of organics by continuing to support the expansion of food scraps recycling to all sectors and support Metro Vancouver’s 2015 disposal ban on organic materials to landfill and incinerator through education and enforcement” 2) “4.4: Support Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge through the development of education and enforcement strategies for all sectors, with a focus on waste prevention and material reuse initiatives” 3) “10.4: Explore how partnerships and connections to programs and infrastructure can reduce the ecological footprint of food and consumption”.