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Georgia Main Food Group reaches food donation milestone

B.C. company has partnered with FoodMesh to support local charities since 2020
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Tom Truchan
Tom Truchan, director, health and food safety, sustainability and logistics, Georgia Main Food Group, volunteering. Photography courtesy Georgia Main Food Group

Who: Georgia Main Food Group

What: Through its partnership with FoodMesh, Georgia Main Food Group’s IGA and Fresh St. Market stores have donated 3.5 million meals to people facing food insecurity since 2020.

“I’m beyond proud of our store management teams for their diligence going department by department to ensure surplus healthy foods like fruit and vegetables are not being thrown out and wasted and that we can quickly and efficiently get these foods directly to people who need it,” said Gary Sorenson, president and COO, Georgia Main Food Group, in a release. “We have more than 220 charities who are distributing food to people in British Columbia thanks to this important part of our store’s food operations and our partnership with FoodMesh.”

The food donations consist of a wide variety of quality fresh produce, dairy, meat, seafood, and bakery items.

More than 220 local charities including food banks in Metro Vancouver, the Okanagan, the Sunshine Coast and other regions of B.C. pick up and distribute the stores’ food donations. 

Also, grassroots community organizations such as the Immigrant Link Centre Society and CityReach Care Society, are involved in the collection and distribution.

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