During this time of year, the Blue Bins team is always grateful to be able to celebrate another wonderful year with family and friends over a good meal. We also know that not everyone has this opportunity. Over 860,000 Canadians are facing hunger, and 1 in 3 Canadian children are facing hunger every day. This holiday season, we’re working to change that.
Bad for People and the Planet:
An incredible amount of food is thrown away every year. While that might just sound wasteful, there’s also another concern this brings up for the Blue Bins team: the environmental impact. Food waste that ends up in landfills accounts for 7% of all global emissions. A lot of this food that is thrown out, actually gets tossed while people are moving. Instead of moving heavy boxes of cans or other non-perishable goods, people opt to throw it out. Hunger and food waste is a continuing problem for people and the environment, but the good news is that this is a problem that we have the resources to tackle.
Move for Hunger:
Move for Hunger is a nationally recognized non-profit organization working to address hunger and food insecurity in Canadian and American communities year-round. They work with moving companies to collect food that would have been thrown out in a move, and distribute it to local food banks. So far, they’ve collected 8 million pounds of food, which adds up to over 6 million meals for people who need them. That’s also 8 million pounds of food that doesn’t end up in a landfill!
We Need Your Support
We’re so grateful to be connected to so many wonderful individuals and businesses who are committed to taking care of their communities. During the month of December, we’re hoping that you’ll join us in working with Move for Hunger to make this holiday season a little brighter for our neighbours. Please contact us and let us know if your business is interested in acting as a food collection point for Move for Hunger from December 1 until January 12. We’ll drop off one of our plastic moving bins that you can display to collect non-perishable goods, and then we’ll come pick it up and deliver it to the Mississauga Food Bank. We’re making it easy to do good this season: all you need to do is encourage people to drop off the cans at your business and we’ll take care of the rest.
Please contact Patricia Lopes at (905) 507-8557 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a bin. Thank you for helping us to support our neighbours in need.