Close to $2 million available to support Canadian programs to significantly reduce food waste and loss
The Walmart Foundation today announced that it is making $1.5 million USD ($1.89 million CAD) available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. The Walmart Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $300,000 and $1,000,000 (USD) will be considered.
This announcement is part of the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to award $15M USD ($19M CAD) to organizations that help reduce food waste and strengthen food banks in Canada. Previous grants awarded include a total of $6.3 USD granted to organizations leading and innovating in food waste reduction and charitable food recovery.
“The work being accomplished by the outstanding recipients of the Walmart Foundation grants to date is inspiring, and we remain committed to being part of the solution on the important issue of food waste in Canada,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer, Walmart Inc., and president of the Walmart Foundation. “Today’s announcement will build upon our efforts to help accelerate momentum to reduce and prevent food waste and alleviate hunger in Canada by investing in infrastructure to move excess perishable food from facilities and farms to the charitable meal system, funding innovative initiatives and advancing successful, existing programs.”
The announcement also builds on the retailer’s commitment to reduce waste in its own operations and achieve zero waste in key markets, including Canada, by 2025. Food waste is an urgent global issue, with substantial repercussions in terms of both food security and the environment. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme reports that roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. In Canada, the cost of food waste was identified as $31 billion in 2014, according to a report from Value Chain Management International, up 15 per cent from 2010.