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Vancouver pandemic response group needs more volunteers to help feed those in need

Last Updated Oct 23, 2020 at 9:49 am PST

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Vancouver Food Runners are in need of more volunteers to help feed those who are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Group helps alleviate food insecurity while promoting sustainability

Vancouver Food Runners was launched in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the financial impacts of the coronavirus crisis continue and the colder weather arrives, the need to address hunger is even greater now.

That’s where Vancouver Food Runners comes in.

The group was launched back in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help people who are struggling with food insecurity.

Vancouver Food Runners is a not-for-profit that helps alleviate food insecurity and promotes sustainability by preventing perfectly healthy food from entering the waste stream and directly distributing it to organizations working with the food insecure.

“Right now, we have been feeding about one-thousand people a week. We have since mid-March rescued 167,000 pounds of food and that’s equivalent to about 140,000 meals,” Tristan Jagger, who founded the group, says.

So, how exactly does this work?

The mom of four says surplus food is first donated by a food supplier. A volunteer then claims the food rescue in an app and then collects the food and delivers it to the assigned charity.

“To continue our growing momentum, we have introduced our Food Rescue Hero App to make volunteering even easier and to scale up and help meet the needs of even more charities. Using technology enables an ‘on-demand’ volunteer platform that allows anyone signed up to ‘claim’ food rescues at times and locations that are convenient for them. Volunteers can step up when their schedules allow and pick up food from a donor and deliver it to an organization that will distribute it to those who are hungry,” says Jagger.

Vancouver Food Runners has grown from 15 to 357 volunteers in just over half a year.