A truck pulls up, two people jump out, and, within minutes, they’ve loaded up a few cases of dented cans, a box of ripe pears and a few dozen loaves of day-old bread. Jumping back in the cab, they pull out of the grocery store parking lot and head for the next store on their list.
Some call it food rescue or grocery recovery, or even an old biblical term: gleaning.
But no matter what you call it, the practice of rescuing food before it hits the garbage bin is becoming increasingly popular as a way of reducing waste, feeding people who’ve fallen on hard times and even helping average families save hundreds of dollars a year on groceries.
What do you think? Can we even do this in Canada?
Added: Christine emailed me a link to an Ontario store that sells items close to or past their best before dates. Not quite free, but she says she’s got some great deals there. Here’s the link: AlmostPerfect.ca. Are there any other stores a