The Richmond Food Recovery Network
The City of Richmond is leading the way to tackle food waste in Metro Vancouver
About the Network
In partnership with FoodMesh, the City of Richmond is building a Food Recovery Network of Richmond-based food businesses, charities and farmers to connect those with surplus food, kitchen equipment and packaging, with those who can use it.
As a member of the network, depending on your needs, you may participate in one or both of the following FoodMesh programs:
The FoodMesh Marketplace
Open to any food business, charity or farmer, it's an online platform on which you can buy, sell, donate, or claim donated unsold surplus food, kitchen equipment and packaging.
It's free to join the Marketplace.
The Retail Food Recovery Program
Food retailers can sign up to have all of their surplus/unsold food collected, so they don’t have to waste any of it.
A charity takes the food, is responsible for sorting and distributing it to other charities for meals, and/or to farmers for animal feed or compost
Join the Network!
In one year, The Richmond Food Recovery Network is expected to:
Save 225,000kg of food from being thrown away
Recover 300,000 worth of meals to feed Richmond’s hungry
Generate $1.25 million in savings to Richmond-based food businesses and charities
Provide 50,000kg of feed to Richmond’s hobby farmers
Businesses, Charities, Farmers – if you have surplus:
Food For Meals
Food For Animal Feed
Food For Compost
Suppliers, Processors, Retailers – if you need:
Used Kitchen Equipment
Join the Richmond Food Recovery Network
An Opportunity for the Community
The Richmond Food Recovery Network supports the City’s strategic plan to be a sustainable and environmentally-conscious city.
“As the mayor the City of Richmond and Chair of the National Zero Waste Council, I personally endorse FoodMesh for taking a needed approach to addressing food waste that affects us all.
This combination of entrepreneurialism and innovation on the part of FoodMesh is welcome and the type of thinking needed to reduce food waste and creating a closed loop food system.”
The launch of the Richmond Food Recovery Network couldn't come at a better time. Because we are in a food waste crisis.
Over half of that wasted food is avoidable but is discarded because it is easier and cheaper to waste the food than to redistribute it.
Meanwhile, the need for food is at an all-time high.
3,484 people accessed the Richmond Food Bank over 27,000 times in 2018. The City of Richmond is taking a stand.
Presentation from the first Lunch and Learn
FoodMesh and Vancouver Coastal Health presented an online conference, in April, to find out the food needs and resources within the City of Richmond.
Representatives from Provincial and Local Government, as well as Charities and Nonprofits attended the online session, led by Jessica Regan of FoodMesh.
Audio recorded during the online conference, with Jessica Regan of FoodMesh facilitating.
58% of all food produced in Canada is never consumed