By Lana Brandt
Food waste is a global issue with an estimated one third of all food produced ending up as waste. Although much of this food waste occurs in our homes, events also have a shocking amount of waste too.
Catering is always one of the first details I take into consideration when trying to reduce the footprint of any event. Not only is it important to consider each of the ingredients chosen for your menu and how the food arrives to your event, it also is key to not order too much food.
Wasted food uses valuable land, energy and water not to mention the impact it has on climate change. It has been estimated globally that the processing of food that ends up being wasted equals roughly 3.3. billion tons of CO2. Composting is a better solution to the landfill, but it still really depresses me to think of all this perfectly edible food going to waste when so many people go hungry everyday. It seemed like a missed opportunity, so when I started doing a little research around what food recovery organizations exist locally in Vancouver, I was surprised to really have to dig for solutions.
Luckily the Food Stash Foundation not only reduces the environmental impact of food waste, but they also help strengthen our Vancouver community by delivering unwanted food to those dealing with food insecurity. Each month they re-direct over 15,000 pounds of fresh edible food to those most in need. After connecting with their team, I was thrilled for Plan-it Green to partner with Food Stash on events. Moving forward, we will be working together to raise the bar on zero waste events, while helping to feed local children, seniors, and those in need.
Solutions exist and when it comest to events, there are many easy ways to do your part in reducing food waste. Thanks for doing your part in supporting a healthier planet and community.
Ten ways to reduce food waste at your next event: