Feeding families is at the heart of what we do. On our mission to reduce food waste in our operations, we’re working with likeminded partners to reduce food waste in our stores and supply chain and are engaging our customers to reduce waste at home. Our approach to reducing food waste is based on the following three tiers:
Food is at the heart of our Thrifty Foods stores, and our passion is to help feed those in need.
Food insecurity affects 14% of people in the Greater Victoria Area of British Columbia. Thousands of individuals and families struggle to access fresh food every day. Thrifty Foods launched the Food Rescue program in 2017 to provide rescued fresh produce and near-to-expired deli and dairy products to 35,000 food insecure neighbours annually.
In collaboration with the Greater Victoria Food Share Network, the Mustard Seed Street Church, and 55 other participating organizations, the program diverts approximately 10,000 pounds of food per day, six days a week to feed people in need – food that would have otherwise been destined for landfill.
We have provided daily donations to food banks across B.C. for the past 30 years. Together with our customers, we have donated over $2.5 million in groceries to those in need. In the last two years, we have raised funds for the Island Food Caring Campaign, building capacity for the Food Rescue Project to give more individuals access to fresh, healthy food every day. Now in its second year, we have cumulatively raised nearly $70,000 to support more than 50,000 people in our community.