Retail Food Recovery program

The Retail Food Recovery program helps retailers divert up to 100% of their perishables to the highest end use

Food is safely directed to a local network of charities and farmers, while helping retailers achieve their recovery goals

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* The program started in Chilliwack, and is now in Kelowna, Prince George, Vernon, Creston, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Mission, Cranbrook, Sparwood, Burnaby, Vancouver, Richmond, New West, Tri-Cities, Victoria…and expanding across B.C. Join the network today as a lead or support participant.

How does it work?


Each day, retailers sort edible and inedible shrink and prepare for a lead charity to collect.



The designated Lead Charity picks up all product, and shares with a network of local charities and local farmers.



All donations are tracked via a custom app and all users get real time analytics.


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Benefits of Participation


  • Divert 100% of your perishables to higher end uses

  • Work with verified charities and know where your donations go

  • Access real time metrics of store level activity.


  • Secured daily access to fresh food product.

  • Easily share excess food with other charities and farmers

  • Track donation data easier.


  • Access high quality donated perishables

  • Scheduled days for predictable supply

  • Commit to using the donated food for their animals, or pass it on to another farmer


  • Pick up more product at one central location

  • Become an verified recipient for participating stores

  • Get product that is more suitable for composting

Check out how Save On Foods is benefiting from the ‘Retail Food Recovery Program’! All perishables from Save On Foods are diverted on a daily basis to charities and farmers for animal feed.

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Use Case

The Chilliwack Food Bank piloted the program in Fall 2018 and accessed over 30,000 KG of food in 2 months, allowing them to share with more community partners than ever before!

Their program is now continuing until 2020.

Funding for this program has been provided in part by:


Questions about the Program?

Contact us, below, or please sign up and we'll be in touch once the program is coming to your area.

The program is rolling out across B.C.