Walmart addresses food waste in Canada

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Food waste is a global issue with substantial repercussions in terms of both food security and the environment. Through its Food Waste Solution Search the Walmart Foundation plans to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste and loss in Canada.

US$1.5 million is available to support organizations with the ultimate goals of preventing loss, maximizing donations of usable food and minimizing waste that ends up in landfills. The Walmart Foundation seeks to support programs with experience formulating, proposing and implementing food waste reduction efforts.

Kathleen McLaughlin , chief sustainability officer, Walmart, Inc., and president of the Walmart Foundation said this announcement will add to their “efforts to help accelerate momentum to reduce and prevent food waste and alleviate hunger in Canada by investing in infrastructure to move excess perishable food from facilities and farms to the charitable meal system, funding innovative initiatives and advancing successful, existing programs.”

This initiative builds on the Walmart foundations commitment to award US$15 million to organizations that help food waste reduction and strengthen charitable food recovery in Canada and the retailer’s commitment to reduce waste in its own operations and achieve zero waste in Canada and other key markets by 2025.

Applications will be considered in these 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

Requests between $300,000 and $1,000,000 will be considered for funding and the deadline to apply is Oct. 19, 2018.

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