Fall Newsletter

Maria VerdicchioNEWS

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FoodMesh Fall Newsletter


Fall is in the air and we've been working away in growing our food recovery network and overall impact.

We are pleased to announce that we have surpassed 2.5 Million meals rescued through our marketplace and retail program, with a rescue rate of 320,000 meals per month! Thanks to you and the 500 + other businesses and charities who are taking the pledge to divert or dispose!

This newsletter covers:

Quarterly Highlights
News and Updates
Impact Metrics
Program and Product Updates

Thank you for your work in giving food a second chance!

On behalf of the FoodMesh team,

~ Jessica Regan
CEO | FoodMesh
www.foodmesh.ca


FoodMesh CEO Jessica Pautsch and Cayley of Growing Chefs at the Every Chef Needs A Farmer event


Quarterly Highlights

Retail Food Recovery Program Expansion

It's officially been a year since we launched our Retail Food Recovery Program, and we are so delighted to see the impact of the program in addressing wasted food and food insecurity. To date, we have diverted over 1,739,297 KG of food in communities across B.C. including: Kelowna, Chilliwack, Vernon, Prince George, Creston, Sparwood, Cranbrook, Maple Ridge, Mission and Abbotsford and Richmond.

The Retail Food Recovery Program is continuing to grow quickly with plans of launching in more regions across the Lower Mainland and throughout the province over the next few months. If you know of any charities or farms interested in either starting or joining a hub you can sign up here.

FoodMesh is Invited to Ottawa!

We were honoured be invited to present to 40 Senior Policy leaders, at the Government of Canada in Ottawa, on how our software and programs can help Canada become an international leader in food recovery, and achieve international commitments to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Richmond Food Recovery Network

In September, the City of Richmond Council voted unanimously to contract FoodMesh
to help them build their own food recovery network over the next 12 months. The mission of this pilot is to build a network of 50 businesses and charities to divert over 200,000 KG of food within their community, creating 300,000 meals. Other municipalities or regional governments interested in building their own local food share network can find more information here.



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Businesses registered on the FoodMesh Marketplace


Media and Public Engagement

Food recovery is increasingly on the minds of private businesses and the public. Here's how we're getting the word out.

Supply Chain Management Association's Annual Education Conference

Our CEO, Jessica Regan, spoke to over 200 municipal and industry supply chain procurement professionals to make the case on buying "seconds first", and that food is not waste, it just needs to find the appropriate home - which is at the center of what we do.

CE100 Network

In September, Jessica Regan presented at the North American Acceleration Workshop hosted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in Toronto.

The panel presented on how businesses are adopting new forms of technology to solve some of our largest resource issues in our quest towards a circular economy.

Ecocities 2019 Community Solutions Showcase

FoodMesh was asked to present, along with other Vancouver B.C. innovators including, DrinkFill, Sea to Sky Removal, Green Spark Group, and Calmura Natural Walls.

Over 15 local start-ups, businesses, and social enterprises presented their innovations and businesses (Vancity, REFBC, VEC and DSF).

Basin Food Summit

The Columbia Basin Trust sponsored the conference in Rossland, B.C. Maria Verdicchio, our Community Manager, presented on, REDUCING FOOD WASTE WITH FOODMESH’S APP TECHNOLOGY.

An underlying theme to the event was the concept of regeneration. Over the past decade this term has developed into an idea and set of standards
that has spread through agricultural practices, business modalities and design processes.

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The 2019 Food Waste Summit, hosted by ReFED

Jessica attended this year’s premier event in San Francisco, with other influential thought leaders and decision-makers, from across sectors, who have a shared interest in sustainable food systems, including food businesses, investors, foundations, national nonprofits, governments, innovators and academics.

Invited attendees shared and discussed strategies to achieve our common goal
to cut food waste in half by 2030, and the opportunities to generate profits,
increase food security, spur economic growth and protect the environment.


Marketplace Update

Donations - Tax Receipts

Charities can now upload a tax receipt for the Supplier to download within the
ORDERS page, and a supplier that gave away a donation can request a tax receipt from the consumer charity.



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