The Walmart Foundation has pledged $1.89 million for proposals from Canadian non-profit organizations to reduce food waste.
The funding is part of Walmart’s $19 million funding for organizations that help reduce food waste and strengthen food banks in Canada. The foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts.
Requests between $400,000 and $1,300,000 will be considered. Applications will be considered in three areas:
- Prevention: Stopping waste from occurring in the first place.
- Recovery: Redistributing food to people.
- Recycling: Repurposing waste as energy, agriculture and other products.
Deadline for applications is October 19, 2018.
Previous grants awarded include a total of $8.17 million granted to organizations leading and innovating in food waste reduction and charitable food recovery.
Walmart says the initiative is in step with efforts to cut waste from its own operations and reflects its overall goal to achieve zero waste in key markets, including Canada, by 2025.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme reports that roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. In Canada, the cost of food waste was pegged at $31 billion in 2014, according to a report from Value Chain Management International. That’s up 15 per cent from 2010.