Loving Spoonful works to combat hunger and food waste by reclaiming surplus food from sources such as grocery stores, caterers, restaurants, hotels and farmers, - food that would otherwise go to waste. With the help of volunteers we transport this food to local emergency meal providers, such as homeless shelters and hot meal programs.
The benefits of such a program are both social and environmental. The surplus food we collect is transported to those who need it most. This food, despite being perfectly fit for consumption, would otherwise be put into a landfill. As organic matter decomposes, it becomes methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
Not only are we saving much needed food from going to waste to improve public health, but we are keeping waste from becoming a hazard to our environmental health.
Originally the Cooperative Food Distribution Initiative, Loving Spoonful was chosen as a catchier moniker for the project. This name has a special resonance in Kingston. The late Zal Yanovsky, singer and lead guitarist of rock band The Loving Spoonful was a food activist and restaurant entrepreneur in Kingston. Loving Spoonful has the full support of the current owner and the management of Chez Piggy and Pan Chancho, who feel that Zal would have wholeheartedly supported such a project.
We work in partnership with many local organizations, including OPIRG, The Partners in Mission Foodbank, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Pauls Justice and Peace Office and the National Farmers Union Local 316. Their continued support ensures the success of our program.
Loving Spoonful is a food reclamation project in Kingston, Ontario. We work to combat hunger and food waste by collecting surplus food from local sources, such as farmers markets and caterers. With the help of volunteers we transport this food to local emergency meal providers, such as homeless shelters and hot meal programs.
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