As a food business owner, you know the importance of charitable giving to support your local community, especially those less fortunate. No matter where you live, homelessness, hunger, or poverty affects someone in your community;
The Financial Post reports, “The proportion of Ontarians living in low-income rose a scandalous 26 per cent from 2003 to 2016.”
“Food security not only carries significant benefits for human health, but also serves as the basis to achieve sustained economic growth.” International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI)
We can all do our part to fight food insecurity. It will take a combined effort across industries and communities to truly see a difference. Here are three ways your food business can give back to your community.
3 Ways Food Business Can Improve Food Security with Charitable Giving
1. Organize a Food Drive
You have the awesome job of creating food for a living. Kick off your food drive by donating items from your own food business. You also probably have many food business contacts. Ask other food business owners to consider charitable giving too. Consider setting up a donation box near your stand at the farmers’ market. Let all the vendors know they are welcome to donate food, especially fresh produce they have leftover that won’t keep until the next market.
2. Accept Food Bank Donations in Exchange for Products
A great way to encourage customers to participate in a food drive is to offer certain products to customers in exchange for their donations. When the customer comes to your farmers' market stall to make the donation, they’ll see so many other great products you sell they’ll be sure to buy other items.
3. Donate to a Local Food Non-Profit Organization
Many local shelters, food banks, soup kitchens, and school breakfast programs appreciate fresh produce. Since a majority of their donations comes in the form of canned goods and other non-perishable food items, you can contribute fresh, nutritious items, which will be put to good use. If you have a bumper crop, consider donating your extras to one of these organizations. You’ll be reducing waste and contributing to a great cause.
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