Summer Newsletter

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Summer is here and we’ve really turned up the heat at FoodMesh.  Below is an update of our:

  • Quarterly Highlights
  • Tech Release updates
  • News and Updates
  • New Additions to the FoodMesh team

We are gearing up for our biggest Fall to date, so stay tuned for updates coming in September. 

Sincerely,

~ Jessica Regan
CEO | FoodMesh


Quarterly Highlights


Retail Food Recovery Program

Since the launch of our Retail Food Recovery Program back in October 2018, we have expanded into six new regions for a total of ten across B.C. including: Kelowna, Chilliwack, Vernon, Prince George, Vernon, Creston, Maple Ridge, Mission and Abbotsford. We’re excited to share that this program’s partnership with Save-On-Foods has helped them to surpass their six year food waste reduction targets in six months. 

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. 

Canada Gets a National Food Policy

Last month, the Canadian Federal Government released Canada’s first National Food Policy.  After years of consultations, food waste has finally been put on the radar as a national issue.  FoodMesh was invited to attend the Minister of Agriculture’s press release announcing the policy and funding towards innovative initiatives!  Read more here

Media and Public Engagement:

Food recovery is becoming very much on the minds of private businesses and the public. Here’s where FoodMesh has been able to have an impact:


News & Events

1 Million Meals Party

We celebrated something very special last month: reaching ONE MILLION MEALS of recovered food! 

What better excuse to throw a party? On June 27th, FoodMesh invited people in our networks to the Nada Grocery store, where we provided catered appetizers and juniper berry beer brewed especially for the event – all made from rescued food!

Our Founder, Jessica Regan, gave a speech on the impact our Food Recovery Program and Marketplace have made in various communities, and CTV was there to score an interview. 

Of course, the night wouldn’t have been complete without a quiz on food recovery for a chance to win a NADA gift basket; and lucky door prize winners went home with NADA gift vouchers.

Special thanks to Faculty Brewing for the refreshing beer, and to NADA for accommodating us and filling our bellies with tasty treats in celebration of this milestone!


Awards

Each year the Recycling Council of B.C. recognizes the valuable contribution that individuals and organizations make towards the preservation and protection of British Columbia’s environment. 

Their Innovation Award goes to an individual or company that achieves an outstanding technical accomplishment in design or development of a product or process that improves its sustainability or advances zero waste practices. The 2019 awards were presented at the 2019 RCBC Conference on May 9, 2019 in Whistler, BC., and FoodMesh won the Innovation Award for our Retail Food Recovery Program that helped divert 100% of unsold perishables from participating Save-On-Foods stores away from waste streams.

We are thrilled to have been nominated by the FVRD (Jamie Benton) and recognized by RCBC! Media Release–Winners Announced for the 2019 RCBC Environmental Awards


Vancity enviroFund Grant

FoodMesh’s Retail Food Recovery Program is expanding thanks to a grant awarded by Vancity’s enviroFund. This grant has helped to remove some of the financial start-up barriers for charitable food hubs to participate in the program.

So far, ten charitable food hubs have benefited from this grant including:

  • Archway Community Services Food Bank
  • Central Okanagan Food Bank
  • Central Okanagan Food Bank – West Kelowna
  • Creston Valley Gleaners
  • St. Joseph’s Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army of Prince George
  • The Salvation Army of Vernon

We are very grateful to Vancity for their support of this project.


Marketplace Platform Updates

Creating a positive food exchange experience for you is our number #1 focus. We’ve released Version 1.12.0, 1.13.0 and 1.14.0 of the platform, including many of your ideas to help grow the network. 

Here are a few enhancements:

  1. Share your impact:

When Consumer checks out, a ‘Share Impact Metrics’, pop-up is displayed on the receipt page. Consumers can then share their purchase/donation metrics on Twitter!

2. Company Profile: 

The company profile now shows a list of, at most, 4 listings that the company has posted recently.

There is a “View More” button if there are more than 4 listings available, that takes the user to a filtered view of the browse page.

3. Tax Receipts:

  • A charity can now upload a tax receipt for the supplier to download, and a supplier that gave away a donation can request a tax receipt from the consumer charity.

Do you know a business with surplus?

Refer them to FoodMesh as a safe, low risk way to re-direct their surplus and recover costs. FoodMesh finds a match for their:

  • Overstock
  • Mislabelled products
  • Close to Expiry
  • Distressed
  • Aesthetically imperfect

Please have them Contact us today or recommend they to register on FoodMesh!


Thank you to our network of charities, businesses, and manufacturers! 

We look forward to growing with you this year.

Some of the surplus posted on the FoodMesh marketplace, and recipients of the Retail Food Recovery Program

FoodMesh is growing  Welcome Clea, Teddie, and Bill!

Clea Wells joined the FoodMesh team in May 2019 to manage the new Retail Diversion program.  She was inspired to work for a team focusing on sustainability and community impact.  Clea is responsible for helping food hubs become operationally ready, regional launches and ongoing operational support.  Her aim is to ensure the program is implemented smoothly for all involved.  
Clea holds a law degree, and has 10 years professional experience in legal operations management, paralegal and administration roles, procurement and hospitality.
She has a keen interest in nutrition, fitness and outdoor adventures, wellness, Spanish and travel.
Bill Price has spent the last 7 years working closely with Food Banks Canada and Food Banks BC to improve the quantity and quality of the food being utilized by the Food Banks in northern BC. He has spent much of his time over the last two years building the Food Recovery Program in Prince George BC. Bill has also contributed to the National Food Sharing Guiding Committee as well as the Working Group for Improved Food Sharing in BC.
Now joining with Food Mesh, he is helping to grow a Zero Food Waste mentality is Grocery Retailers across Canada! Bill is excited to help provide more nutrition to those in need and help reduce (or eliminate) the massive food waste problem in Canada.
Teddie Geach has over eight years of experience working in environmental conservation leading the scientific direction of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program, Canada’s leading sustainable seafood program. Her interest in sustainable food systems lead her to complete the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture at UBC farm, where she witnessed firsthand wasted food at the farm level. She is excited to be working with Food Mesh to help divert edible food that would otherwise be wasted to those in need of food.
In her spare time, she is a board member with the Cedar Cottage Food Network which is dedicated to creating sustainable and just food systems at the neighbourhood level. Teddie has a Masters of Environmental Science from the University of Toronto.

FoodMesh is a Vancouver based technology company building digital solutions for food recovery.   Our apps and programs help safely match surplus commercial food with businesses and charities to reduce waste and feed more. We simplify the local food distribution channel by meshing supply and demand.

Our aim is to REDUCE WASTE, SAVE MONEY, and FEED MORE.