While working as an Event Manager for one of Toronto’s top caterers, Founder, Tony Colley, noticed surplus edible prepared food being thrown out on a regular basis. This surplus was primarily due to the clients guest count being less than what they anticipated. Over the next few weeks, Tony took it upon himself to begin rescuing this food and redistributing it to the nearest shelter in the area.
About 6 months into his rescue efforts, Tony managed an event where the clients numbers were <50% of what they expected. This created an abundance of surplus food he was eager to rescue, however the amount was so egregious he became concerned with his ability to continually redistribute food without the proper resources. These concerns quickly turned into strategies on how to rescue food from his events more effectively, and possibly from other events company wide. While sharing his idea with friends, it was suggested Tony target other local caterers and rescue their surplus food as well. This suggestion encouraged him to develop a program where he could redistribute food from several local retailers on a much larger scale.
After doing months of research on Canada’s food waste and realizing its impact on the environment, Tony visited more than 100 food retailers asking if they had a system in place to donate their surplus food. The most common response was they were reluctant to do so because of the assumed liability associated with food donations.
This response triggered Tony to investigate a bit further and that’s when he found the Ontario Donation of Food Act. This Act clearly states anyone donating surplus food can NOT be held liable if someone gets sick, unless they were found to have done something malicious -OR- the food was unfit for human consumption. Since food retailers are not in the business of selling inedible food to their customers, Tony decided to take active steps in closing the gap between avoidable food waste and food insecurity 1 retailer at a time. #B12GIVE