​Building Effective Food Donation Programs –
A workshop for processors and manufacturers


Are you a food processor or manufacturer wondering how a food donations program might help deliver on key performance indicators? Or possibly you have been considering how to implement or even expand a food donations program as part of your business efforts to address food loss and waste, or stay connected to your community, or part of your CSR commitments?  Whatever the reasons, if you are interested in learning more about implementing or expanding successful food donation programs, we have a workshop designed to address your unique concerns, specific needs, and offer clear guidance.

More than a third of food produced and distributed in Canada never gets eaten, with significant environmental, economic and social consequences. About 20% of this waste occurs at the point of processing and packaging. Successful food donation programs are a tool that can help offset this waste of food, benefiting Canadian communities as well as businesses.

Building Effective Food Donation Programs – A workshop for processors and manufacturers is hosted by the National Zero Waste Council, in collaboration with Provision Coalition. We have brought together expertise from industry, food rescue, and environmental health. Our workshops will provide participants with food safety and liability information, directions on how to address operation and logistical concerns, and recommendations on how to build strong donor-recipient relationships.

Workshop locations and dates (beverages and snacks included):

  • Quebec, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 9:00am – 11:30pm 
    Workshop address and room: 1384 Sherbrooke Street West, Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, Montreal. ‘’Le Collectionneur’’ room. 
  • Ontario, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – Port Credit Arena, Mississauga, 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • Alberta, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Edmonton Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Edmonton, 9:00am - 11:30am


  • Karen Rideout, Food Systems and Environmental Health Specialist - Bio

Guest Speakers:

  • Cher Mereweather, Executive Director, Provision Coalition - Bio
  • Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest - Bio

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