FOUND hopes to reduce food waste and feed the hungry in Halifax

Lindsay Clowes and Laurel Schut, co-owners of FOUND, show off one of their new business cards at the Halifax Public Gardens on Wednesday.

Lindsay Clowes and Lauren Schut of Halifax show off their new business card for FOUND
(Image from www.metronews.ca/news/halifax/2016/06/15/found-gets-off-the-ground-reduce-halifax-food-waste)

After both completing a masters degree in environmental studies, Halifax residents Lindsay Clowes and Lauren Schut began brainstorming ideas to reduce food waste. Focusing on food redirection, they came up with the idea for FOUND, an initiative that collects, saves and uses food that would other wise be destined for the trash.

The first two features of their three-pronged approach to reducing food waste include talking care of unsold produce at farmers’ markets and helping farmers outside the city get rid of unsalable produce by organizing volunteer harvest days. The third approach is to organize urban harvest events, which will see the harvesting of forgotten gardens around the city.

Members of the community are already taking great interest in the initiative. Farmers offer their extra or “unfit for market” produce, and  organizations provide meals to people asking for their rescued goods. Clowes and Schut also plan to preserve unused food to resell.

Read more about FOUND’s story here.

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