Empire has partnered with Second Harvest roll out its Food Rescue App at Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods and Voilà.
The app, launched by Second Harvest in 2018, will allow Empire’s stores to divert food waste and offer better access to fresh food for Canadians.
“The number of Canadians experiencing food insecurity has significantly increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for access to healthy food has never been greater,” says Lori Nikkel, chief executive officer, Second Harvest. “Our food rescue app enables businesses with surplus perishable food to quickly and easily connect with non-profits who serve people in need. This partnership will support our communities most vulnerable and reduce food waste.
Empire will introduce the app to its stores over the next 18 months and use the app in its distribution centres and e-commerce business.
“More than half of the food produced in Canada goes to waste, and yet one in seven Canadian families struggles with food insecurity. As Canada’s second largest national grocer, we have the reach and the responsibility to redirect this food into the communities who need it most,” says Mohit Grover, senior vice president of innovation and strategy, Empire. “This partnership with Second Harvest is a significant step towards achieving our goal to reduce our food waste by 50 per cent by 2025.”
Empire expects to rescue 31 million pounds of food and avert 41 million kg of greenhouse gas emissions annually.