Did you know that 58% of food produced in Canada is lost or wasted every year? That represents 35.5 million tons of produce!

According to a recent study conducted by Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International, one third of this food – 11.2 million tons – could actually be diverted away from landfills. 2.38 million tons of food are thrown away by customers and 1.31 million tons end up in the garbage simply because the grocery stores are not able to sell them in time and they look a little less than ‘perfect’!

What if I told you we can all help reduce food waste and save a lot of money at the same time?

The app “FoodHero” lets you buy so-called “surplus food” at 25-60% off – and there’s no catch! Surplus food is perfectly good food that is merely approaching its best-before date and needs to be sold quickly. Such produce includes vegetables, fruit, meat and even dairy products. If no one buys the food, it will end up in a landfill producing methane gas, which is 25 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.

So pick up those bruised apples and make some applesauce! Everybody knows brown bananas and walnuts are the best combination for homemade banana bread. And squishy oranges make the sweetest fresh-squeezed juice! Give produce a second chance- and give your wallet a break as well. 

To participate, all that you have to do is download the free app (available in the App Store and on Google Play) and sign up. After locating your nearest supermarket or restaurant, you will be able to scan through the current offers (at the moment, only the IGA at Côte St-Luc  is offering this service in the CDN-NDG area, but FoodHero is planning to find more partners quickly). Simply choose the items you want to buy and pick them up from the store, it really is that easy! To show you what a difference you are making, the app also calculates the weight of the food, the money and the CO2 that you saved.

As a new customer, they will give you a $5 rebate on your first order. So go for it and be a FoodHero !

Julia Barth (language intern)