In 2015, the Council identified food waste reduction as a key long-term strategy and established a workgroup to explore opportunities to address the issue in Halton Region through various initiatives.
On May 30, 2017, the Council hosted the Policies, Partnerships & Practices: Reducing Food Waste Symposium in partnership with Country Heritage Park, the Ontario Food Collaborative and Sustain Ontario; supported by the Ontario Produce Marketing Association, The Printing House, Riverstone Branding, and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. A recap of the symposium has been prepared in this Report.
We would like to thank all of the presenters:
Dr. Martin Gooch, VCMI - Food Waste in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities
Alison Schatz, Joanne Gauci, Metro Vancouver Love Food Hate Waste Campaign - Love Food Hate Waste: From a Regional Campaign to a National Campaign
In February 2017, the Council launched its first food waste education tool kit for Grades 4-6. The kit is designed to engage primary school students to better understand the importance and impact of food waste, with the goal of inspiring them to reduce food waste both at school and at home.
The tool kit is part of a set of resources funded by the Burlington Foundation and developed in partnership with Feeding Halton, Food for Life, Halton Food Council and the Halton Poverty Roundtable. The tool kit and other food waste resources are available at our joint website, Reducing Waste to End Hunger.