Food Waste

Did you know that one third of all of the food produced globally is never consumed? In Canada, that’s about 300 million meals that end up in the landfill, yet every month, 850,000 Canadians turn to food banks for assistance. All of this food waste also takes up unnecessary space in the landfill and creates greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention the resources including water and energy that are wasted, to grow, ship, package and produce it. We all have a role to play in reducing food waste, and it’s easy.

Feed 500 Red Deer: Set Food Free!

Feed 500 logoThank you to everyone to helped to make Feed 500 Red Deer a success! 

More than 800 kilograms of food was rescued and transformed into a delicious feast at Feed 500 Red Deer on September 22.

The event, organized in partnership by The City of Red Deer, Red Deer College and the Recycling Council of Alberta, brings attention to the issue of food waste. Based on the international Feeding the 5,000 global movement, the idea is simple: feed 5,000 people – or 500 in the case of Red Deer – with edible food that would otherwise be thrown away.

The following food was rescued and diverted from the landfill:

  • Over 800 kilograms of fruit, vegetables, meat and poultry
  • 250 loaves of bread
  • 15.6 litres of juice
  • Other miscellaneous items including spices, oil and condiments


Based on the food that was rescued, students from RDC’s Cook Apprentice Program planned and prepared the menu which included:

  • Borscht
  • Curry Chicken and Potato Hash
  • Bread Pudding with Plum Sauce
  • Medley Madness Smoothie

Approximately 1,750 portions were served and there was no food left over.

Feed 500 was also a Zero Waste event, and all food was served on compostable servingware.

image of all sponsors for the Feed 500 event