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Food Stash Foundation

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#FoodForThought: 🍌 gone spotty / no longer apeeling? Don’t toss them in the compost bin (yet)! Bananas are rich in potassium and fiber, and eating them may help prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and digestive problems. Here are some ways to use overripe bananas: • • 🥣oatmeal - mash the banana up with a fork and stir it into your bowl of oats • 🍞banana bread & muffins- the darker the bananas, the more flavor they’ll bring to your bread • 🥤smoothies & milkshakes - they’re full of flavor and bring a creamy component • • 🍦vegan ice cream - freeze banana slices until you have a decent amount, then blend them to create dairy-free ice cream ever • 🥞 pancakes - bananas keep them moist and add sweetness • 🍪 cookies - adding bananas to cookies make them soft, tender, and undeniably delicious • These are just a few ways to use overripe bananas. What are some things you do to add overripe bananas into your meals? • • #lovefoodhatewaste #zerowaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #leftoverfood #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #dailyhive #vancityeats at YVR Prep

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Holiday greetings from @nadagrocery's Giving Tree! This month, Nada created the Giving Tree intiative to support our mission in rescuing food that would have been destined for the landfill, and to deliver those edible food items to charities and food-insecure individuals in Vancouver. Food banks, shelters, and food rescue organizations are often lacking in nutritious, fresh foods, and we’re hoping you’ll help us fill this important gap in our local food system. • • How can you participate? The initiative is simple: • ☝🏼Grab an ornament from Nada's in-store tree • 🥑 Choose a fresh food item to add to your order • 💞 Bring the tag to the till for purchase - Nada will make sure the item is donated on your behalf • • No one should have to experience barriers in accessing high quality and nutritious foods. We're grateful to you and our friends at Nada who stand by our commitment to making healthy stress-free! • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #leftoverfood #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #dailyhive #vancityeats at Nada

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Orange you glad we saved these mandarins? We have strong peelings about rescuing edible produce and distributing it to food-insecure individuals. Just because something may not “look” sellable doesn’t mean it lacks nutrients and can’t be consumed. It got us thinking - what can people do with oranges/mandarins that are not moldy/mushy? Here are some things we learned from our staff and volunteers: • 🍊 Make smoothies, jam, or marmalade with overripe oranges • 🍊 Make a herbal tea with orange peels - it could help with stomach cramps • 🍊 Sprinkle shredded orange bits on top of your food - freeze the orange, shred it with a grater (no need to peel it), and sprinkle it on top of your salad, ice cream, soup, and other dishes • 🍊Make freshly squeezed orange juice and then freeze the leftovers into ice cubes • 🍊 Make natural citrus cleaner with orange rinds and white vinegar • 🍊Make a sink cleaner - cut an orange in half, dip it lightly into a dish of salt, and then scrub the inside of your sink with the salted orange. (Even an orange that has already been juiced will work with this technique.) • 🍽 These are some suggestions to get you started! We'd love to hear your ideas on other ways you’ve used overripe oranges/mandarins. • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #leftoverfood #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #dailyhive #vancityeats at YVR Prep

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Thank you to everyone who donated to our #GivingTuesday #FoodWasteBites campaign! We are touched by your generosity and enthusiasm for helping us rescue edible, fresh food. • • In the spirit of giving season, we’re extending our #FoodWasteBites fundraising campaign to the end of the year. We’re trying to raise $1000 before Dec. 31 to expand our Rescued Food Box Program. Making a tax-deductible donation in honor of people who #lovefoodhatewaste is a thoughtful gift that shows interest in their interests. • • What happens when you make a donation #linkinbio? Donations of $50 and more will get a 15% voucher to use for a @bitewellness nutrition consulting package 🥦 Donations of $175 and more will be entered into a raffle for a @bitewellness nutrition consulting package (valued at $350) 🍉 Nutrition Consulting is offered online, so this package is not limited to any geographic region 🎁 Raffle participants will be contacted in the new year on the status of who won the nutrition consulting package. • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver #vangives #vancouverbusiness #vancouvercharity #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #britishcolumbia #fundraising #dailyhive #yvrfundraiser #vancityeats

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Turnip the beet, it's #GivingTuesdayCA@givingtuesdayca is a day when individuals volunteer for and/or donate money to their favourite causes. We're berry egg-cited to participate in our first #GivingTuesday with Andrea of @bitewellness, as she is a holistic nutritionist who shares our be-leaf that healthy eating should be sustainabe, accessible, and fun. A huge part of Andrea’s approach to nutrition is one that is stress-free and focuses on having a positive attitude towards food. These two aspects of her work are also closely linked with our mission of bridging the food insecurity gap in our community and promoting healthier eating habits. Our Rescued Food Box Program aims to address these issues by offering its participants wholesome healthy food with the convenience of house delivery at a nominal cost—stress free. • • #FoodWasteBites is our #GivingTuesday campaign to expand our Rescued Food Box Program, so that more food-insecure individuals can receive fresh food. Donations of $50 and more will get a 15% voucher to use for a nutrition consulting package -- Donations of $175 and more will be entered into a raffle for a nutrition consulting package (valued at $350). Nutrition Consulting is offered online, so this package is not limited to any geographic region. • • Link in bio to make a donation. We welcome donations of any amount - every💰matters, and we are grateful for everyone’s support. • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver #vangives #vancouverbusiness #vancouvercharity #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #britishcolumbia #fundraising #dailyhive at Vancouver, British Columbia

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TOMORROW is #GivingTuesdayCA! You can make a difference by donating to us to expand our Rescued Food Box Program, so that more food-insecure individuals can receive fresh food. Healthy eating should be accessible and stress-free! • • @bitewellness is offering her nutrition consulting services at a discount 🥑 Donations of $50 and more will get a 15% voucher to use for a nutrition consulting package 🍎 Donations of $175 and more will be entered into a raffle for a nutrition consulting package (valued at $350). Nutrition Consulting is offered online, so this package is not limited to any geographic region. • • Link in bio to make a donation. We welcome donations of any amount - every 💵 matters, and we are grateful for everyone’s support. • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver #vangives #vancouverbusiness #vancouvercharity #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #britishcolumbia #fundraising #dailyhive #yvrfundraiser #vancityeats at Vancouver, British Columbia

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#FoodWasteBites because our monthly data shows that 80% of produce for our #RescuedFood Box program is actually edible produce. What doesn’t make it into our grocery cart usually ends up in the back of the store for disposal - unless we collect it. That wasted food disregards the labour and resources - water, grain, and land- that goes into creating them. Considering that about 11.8% of British-Colombia’s population (roughly half a million individuals) are impacted by food insecurity, redistributing perfectly edible food to our most vulnerable populations constitute a significant help for some. • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver #vangives #vancouverbusiness #vancouvercharity #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #britishcolumbia #fundraising #dailyhive #dailyhivevan #yvrfundraiser #vancityeats #yvrvegans at Vancouver, British Columbia

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A #unselfie is one way you can support us this #GivingTuesdayCA. Take a pic, tag it " #unselfie", and upload it with a caption explaining why you believe #FoodWasteBites. We challenge you to post a photo of food you're preparing to prevent it from going to waste. Above is a photo of our #GivingTuesdayCA partner, @bitewellness, preparing some carrots for the upcoming week. • • We've partnered with Bite Wellness Nutrition Consulting because she shares our belief that everyone should have equal access to quality food. From now until November 27th, Bite Wellness is offering her nutrition consulting services at a generous discount. Donations of $50 and more will get a 15% voucher to use for a Bite Wellness nutrition consulting package. Donations of $175 and more will be entered into a raffle for a Bite Wellness nutrition consulting package (valued at $350). Link in bio to donate. • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver  #vangives #vancouverbusiness #vancouvercharity #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #britishcolumbia #fundraising #dailyhive #yvrfundraiser #vancityeats at Vancouver, British Columbia

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❤ if you agree healthy eating should be stress-free. #FoodWasteBites because what doesn’t make it into our grocery cart usually ends up in the back of the store for disposal. That wasted food disregards the labour and resources - water, grain, and land- that goes into creating them. How does this translate to money? According to standards recommended by @foodbankscanada , the monetary value of 1 pound of donated/rescued food is equivalent to $2.50. Considering this, we have estimated that each of our rescued food boxes have an average market value of over $100 in various food items. That money saved makes a huge difference to food-insecure individuals, as they can then use that money for other needs. • • 💻 Link in bio if you'd like to make a donation to continue expanding our Rescued Food Box program. This #GivingTuesdayCA, we've partnered with @bitewellness who is offering her nutrition consulting services at a generous discount. 🍎Donations of $50 and more will get a 15% voucher to use for a Bite Wellness nutrition consulting package. 🍏Donations of $175 and more will be entered into a raffle for a Bite Wellness nutrition consulting package (valued at $350). Nutrition Consulting is offered online, so this package is not limited to any geographic region! • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver #vangives #vancouverbusiness #vancouvercharity #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #britishcolumbia #fundraising #dailyhive #yvrfundraiser #vancityeats at Vancouver, British Columbia

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#FoodWasteBites because approximately 80% of consumer food waste in Canada is actually edible food - such as the a-peeling produce seen above ☝🏼 We pick up these food items from suppliers so that we can make Rescued Food Boxes for food-insecure families and deliver food to local nonprofits. While delivering food, we hope to build a greater understanding of how our food choices impact the environment and our health, including education around the nutrition content of the food we deliver and the benefits of using local, seasonal, and organic food whenever possible. • • We want to expand our Rescued Food Box program and increase awaress of #foodinsecurity in our communities. This year for #GivingTuesdayCA, we’ve partnered with @bitewellness to raise money. Bite Wellness is offering their nutrition consulting services at a discount for those who donate to Food Stash - oh kale yeah 💪🏼 • • 🍎Donations of $50 and more will get a 15% voucher to use for a Bite Wellness nutrition consulting package. • • 🥦Donations of $175 and more will be entered into a raffle for a Bite Wellness nutrition consulting package (valued at $350). • • Link in bio to donate 🍁We welcome donations of any amount - every 💰 matters, and we are grateful for everyone’s support. Please share our campaign and lettuce know why "Food Waste Bites". • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver  #vangives #vancouverbusiness #vancouvercharity #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #britishcolumbia #fundraising #dailyhive at Vancouver, British Columbia

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To celebrate #GivingTuesdayCA, we are partnering with @bitewellness to launch our first online fundraising campaign—Food Waste Bites! • • As part of our mission to, not only, divert delicious "Food Waste" from the landfill and bridge the food insecurity gap in our community, we are committed to promoting healthier eating habits for all. One of our volunteers, @bitewellness, is a holistic nutritionist who shares our belief that healthy food should be accessible to everyone. Living a healthy lifestyle should be sustainable and fun - and that starts with the food we consume. • • From now until November 27th, we’re seeking donations to expand our Rescued Food Box program. We welcome donations of any amount and we are grateful for everyone’s support. 🍎Donations of $50 and more will get a 15% voucher to use for a Bite Wellness nutrition consulting package. 🍏 Donations of $175 and more will be entered into a raffle for a Bite Wellness nutrition consulting package (valued at $350). Nutrition Consulting is offered online, so this package is not limited to any geographic region! • • 🍁 Link in bio to donate. Please help us promote our #GivingTuesdayCA campaign - share it with your friends and family, and tell them why you think #FoodWasteBites! • • #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver  #vangives #vancouverbusiness #vancouvercharity #vancouvercommunity #vancitybuzz #britishcolumbia #fundraising #dailyhive #yvrfundraiser #vancityeats at Vancouver, British Columbia

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We’re eggcited for a #GivingTuesdayCA surprise from one of our Rescue Box volunteers. Make sure to follow @bitewellness to stay in the loop for the big reveal this Friday. • • What’s #GivingTuesdayCA? @givingtuesdayca is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals volunteer for and/or donate money to favourite causes. • •   #foodwastebites #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver #givingtuesday #holisticnutrition #sustainableliving #vancouvernutritionist #thesweatlifeyvr #vancouverfoodie at Vancouver, British Columbia

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Our volunteers are kind of a big dill. Since 2016, they’ve picked up and dropped off “unsellable [edible] food”, and sorted that food for our Rescued Food Box Program. Without their hard work, we wouldn’t be able to deliver food to 30+ families and local nonprofits AND prevent food from ending up in the landfill. Thank you, volunteers - y’all are amaizing and you make our hearts beet! • • #thankfultuesday #foodforthought #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste #lowwaste #zerowasteliving #lowwasteliving #lowimpact #zerowastevancouver at Vancouver, British Columbia

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Are these edible? If no, then we *may* have rescued some food that is just for decoration and would not advise eating them...! Don’t worry folks, we kept this colourful bunch away from our weekly food boxes this week, but we do love how funky they look! . . . . . #foodstashfoundation #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #foodwaste #foodrescue #foodrecovery #yvr #yvrfoodie #foodforthought #dailyhive #imperfectproduce #nofoodwaste

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