We focus our operations in the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie neighbourhood within an 8km radius.
Since our activities are concentrated in the immediate vicinity, our positive actions affect the local community directly. This way of doing things also allows us to minimize the environmental impact of our operations.
Each Sunday, we pick-up unsold food items from our participating grocery stores and green grocers.
“Collecting unsold food at the end of the weekend means recuperating food items that would otherwise find their way in the garbage bins.”
*We collect from various departments: meat, bakery, grocery (eggs, dairy products, dry items, etc.), fruits and vegetables, ready-to-eat.
2. DATA COLLECTION
After we have collected the food, we unload the truck and weight all the items. Meticulously collected, the data enables us to quantify the losses of each store and of each department in those stores *.
“The data thus collected allows us to have a clear overview in real time of the waste avoided.”
*The data allows us to identify trends. This helps us better target our future interventions. It also serves to inform the community and our partners so that they can have a clear idea what kind of impact our actions have.
3. SORTING UNSOLD FOOD ITEMS
When sorting the items, we put aside the fruits we want to transform, we put together what will be redistributed and we compost the spoiled food items.
“In the end, only about 8 to 10 percent of everything collected is really non edible and is composted.”
On Sunday afternoon, we reload the truck and we bring the items we don’t keep to the food bank we are associated with*.
“By quickly redistributing the food items, we ensure that they are as fresh as possible so that the people who receive them have quality products to cook with.”
* It is more than 70% of the collected food that is being redistributed to our partners to help them in their work.
In the kitchen, we transform good quality unsold fruits into great quality fruit spreads.
“Canning is the best way to harness the great potential of these perfectly ripe fruits.”
6. RESPONSIBLE WASTE MANAGEMENT
Apart during the freezing season, the vast majority of our food waste is put in the composting bin available on premises at La Maisonnette des parents. The rest of the time, food waste is put in compost bins managed by the City of Montreal.
“We adopt a zero waste approach through every stage of our operations, a living proof of our commitment towards social and ecological responsibility.”
We carefully sort out all food packaging in order to properly recycle them.