Did you know that in Metro Vancouver we generate about 190,000 tonnes of food waste every year! And over 100,000 tonnes of that could have been eaten. For more information visit http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca
Our new community kitchen, called Warm Plates, is an innovative and fun collaboration between the Grandview Woodland Food Connection and the Britannia Seniors Healthy Choices Program and focuses on preparing healthy meals made from “rescued” or reclaimed cosmetically damaged food collected from our grocer partners Choices on the Drive and Eternal Abundance.
Cosmetically damaged food may have a few bruises or otherwise not look so pretty and therefore passed over by shoppers accustomed to only purchasing perfect looking produce. Though this food is still quite good (and organic) it would normally be composted if not for programs like Warm Plates. Food is picked up on the day of the kitchen so not knowing what we are getting challenges us to be creative, planning a meal on the fly with whatever ingredients we have on hand. It forces us to learn how to make the most of our food without waste. In our first session, we collected apples, avocados, lettuce, tomatoes, and assortment of odd veggies and cooked up lentil tacos with salsa and guacamole, and apple crisp.
Warm Plates Community Kitchen is drop in and open to all. Contact Ian for info – 604-718-5895