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Canada, let’s fund an app that diverts food away from landfill and towards people in need.

Canada, let’s fund an app that diverts food away from landfill and towards people in need.
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In a country as prosperous as Canada, there is enough food to ensure every Canadian has enough to eat. This is an enormous opportunity to divert millions of pounds of safe quality surplus food from being wasted to help people in need and reduce the impact on our environment.

A few months ago, Google invited Canadian nonprofits to share their best ideas for how to build a better world through technology. Food Banks Canada has been chosen as one of the 10 finalists in the Google.org Impact Challenge to receive funding to support the development of its FoodAccess app. The Google.org Impact Challenge will grant $5 million across 10 projects that have the potential to change the world and make an impact in people's lives.

Help us achieve our vision of a Canada where no one goes hungry.

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mutated carrot being pushed off conveyor belt into a bucket. 4 buckets side by side in the shape of letters spell out the word Food

Every month, more than 860,000 people turn to food banks for help yet each year over $31 billion of food is wasted in Canada. Food Banks Canada wants to build the FoodAccess App to address two significant challenges – feeding hungry Canadians and addressing the high volume of wasted food in Canada.  Our FoodAccess App will help to connect partners like farmers, manufacturers and retailers seeking to divert surplus quality food away from landfill by donating to organizations that deliver direct support to people in need.

Food Banks Canada, working with a network of over 550 food bank organizations across Canada that in turn support over 3,000 community agencies can be an important part of this solution. Technology can bridge the complex relationship between available food and hunger through the access of safe surplus food in a barrier-free way. Our project can assist food banks to access essential food to help the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in need while also making a difference in communities across Canada.

Please VOTE and help Food Banks Canada launch the FoodAccess app.

About Google.org Impact Challenge

The Google.org Impact Challenge is an opportunity for registered nonprofits and charities to share their vision for using technology to change the world. Winning organizations will share $5 million CAD in grant funding, as well as mentorship from Google and our challenge support partner, the LEAP Centre for Social Impact.

Tell us what you think! info@foodbankscanada.ca

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