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General Questions

Who can benefit from the program?

Everyone benefits! Donors feel better about their food not ending up in the landfill, it helps those relying on the food bank have access to fresh, healthy food and is also accessible to the public. And of course the environment benefits by the decrease in methane gas created by food in the landfill.

What is food loss?

Food loss refers to food that is intended for human consumption but, through poor functioning of the food production and supply system, is reduced in quantity or quality.

What is food waste?

Food waste refers to food for human consumption that is discarded (both edible and inedible parts) due to intentional behaviors. “Food waste” often refers to what occurs along the food chain from the retail store through to the point of intended consumption.

Supporter Questions

What about liability? Am I liable if someone gets sick from food that has passed its best before date?

In April of 1997, The BC Government passed the BC Food Encouragement Act. The act is intended to protect donors from liability as they act in good faith to donate surplus perishable food, while ensuring recipients’ rights are protected. The act encourages organizations to make donations of perishable food and provides a valuable source of nutrition to our recipients.

How are pickups organized?

We have a 2 bin system for pickups. Up to five pickups a week a representative from the program picks up your bin full of food and leaves clean and empty bins. From there the food is brought to the Salvation Army food bank to be sorted and distributed. Anything unusable is put aside to be picked up by local farmers to feed their animals. We are flexible and aim to find something that works for everyone.

How much does it cost?

The program is free! We rely on grants, donations and help from volunteers to keep the program running.

What type of food do you collect?

Any food that is still fit for human consumption, even if it has passed its best before date, is accepted. We use the Food Banks of Canada guidelines to ensure that only quality food is distributed to the community. This includes but is not limited to: produce, soups, prepared foods, dairy, meats, baked goods etc.

Items we cannot accept are visibly spoiled foods, potentially hazardous foods that have not been kept at an appropriate temperature, foods leftover from patrons or self-serve salad bars.

Do you take financial donation?

Yes. Fernie Fresh Food Share is run completely on grants and donations. Any type of donation is always appreciated. Donation receipts available upon request.

Volunteer Questions

Do I need my own vehicle?

No. Most of the volunteer shifts entail accompanying a representative from Fernie Fresh Food Share and helping with pickups in the Salvation Army Van.

How long do the pick ups and food sorting shifts take and what is entailed?

It takes approximately 2 hours. You start by coming to the Salvation Army, ring the doorbell if it is locked and sign in with administration to fill out forms if applicable. You then help load the empty bins into the van and drive to the different businesses to pick up the food and return to the Salvation Army to weigh, sort and put the food out then clean up.


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