Food donated to local food banks
and community groups in Nova Scotia

25,099 lbs or 97.3%

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Food sold to local restaurants to
raise revenue to run organization

71 lbs or 0.3%

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Food preserved that could not beย distributed to
food banks (super ripe!) or used for educational purposes

543 lbs or 2.1%

207 Volunteers (and counting!)

(Psst… want to volunteer? Click here!)

Okay, but how much food is really going to waste?

The world wastes a lot of food.

(And when we say a lot of food, we mean A LOT of food.)

FOUND exists because we saw a big problem and we wanted to get our hands dirty (literally) trying to work towards a solution.ย 


1/3 of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year

Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption

Food losses represent a waste of resources used in production such as land, water, energy and inputs, increasing the green gas emissions in vain

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2011)

How does FOUND operate?


FOUND reduces food waste by collecting food leftover in fields, farmers’ markets, and urban gardens and fruit trees. In order to be completely transparent about where our food ends up, we have created this page with a breakdown of pounds collected, pounds donated, and pounds sold.

Something we did not anticipate when starting this organization was the food waste that comes from food banks. Often food is donated to a food bank that cannot be redistributed to community members. FOUND helps to reduce this food waste by collecting the food and preserving it. This is then re-sold to help generate revenue to support the organization, which in turn helps bring fresher foods to food banks!

The three columns above show where food coming in is ending up. We do our best with the resources we have to get as much fresh food to those in need as we can. This would not have been possible without the community support we have received. We thank our food donors, our supporters, and volunteers.

Lindsay Clowes
Co-Director, FOUND Forgotten Food