Loblaw Companies Limited (LCL) has reached a major milestone using the Second Harvest Food Rescue app. LCL has donated 1,545,995 pounds of food through its stores in communities across Canada to date, including over 700,000 pounds in the last eight months alone, preventing the release of 7,152,422 pounds of CO2e emissions, while providing food for millions of meals for families and individuals in need.
A Second Harvest supporter for 36 years, Loblaw has also committed $1 million to onboard the app in its banner stores and distribution centres nationwide by 2024.
The Second Harvest Food Rescue App allows food businesses of any kind to donate their surplus directly to non-profits in their communities, like shelters, food banks and meal programs. Second Harvest launched the app across Ontario in October 2018 and expanded to lower mainland British Columbia in June 2019 with the support of Loblaw. When the pandemic hit in March 2020 the resulting urgent need for food led Second Harvest to make the app accessible to food businesses and non-profits in every province and territory.
“Loblaw’s leadership in adopting our food rescue app from its launch has been a crucial element to its success and we are proud to join with them in celebrating this incredible milestone,” said Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest. “Loblaw has been a key supporter of Second Harvest since 1985 and has been with us every step of the way as we work towards a zero-waste future where food can fulfill its purpose as a source of health and builder of human potential.”
To date, 848 grocery stores and Shoppers Drug Mart locations have registered on the food rescue app. The company will continue to expand across the country, on-boarding stores in Atlantic Canada and Quebec to the app through the fall of 2021 with continued expansion across the country in 2022.
When surplus food ends up in landfill, it generates 56.5 million metric tonnes of CO2e emissions every year. While this good, healthy food is lost, 1 in 7 Canadian families struggles to put food on the table—a number exacerbated by the pandemic.