Supermarkets across Quebec will now be giving their leftover produce to food banks in need.
Food Banks of Quebec (FBQ) announced the launch of the province-wide Supermarket Recovery Program (SRP) Friday, which the organization says is the first of its kind in Canada.
The program was first established as a pilot project around Montreal and Quebec City in October 2013, as a way to bring unsold meat products to food banks.
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“It really allows them to organize the donations in a much better way,” said Dominique Anglade, Quebec’s minister of economic development, innovation and export trade.
Anglade considers the program a “win-win” situation and Recyc-Quebec has offered to subsidize the program with $395,200.
Rather than sending unsold, edible food products to landfills – causing detrimental effects to the environment and wasting millions of dollars – the food will go to families living in poverty.
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