What is the Waste Not program? Serve the People and Fireweed Food Co-op formed a partnership in summer 2020 to help distribute local food to homes in Winnipeg experiencing food insecurity. During peak growing season, most of the food is donated by local producers (either through their own programs, or excess produce they won’t sell before it goes bad). Not only do the Waste Not boxes help with the distribution of nutritious food to homes experiencing food insecurity, they also help prevent food waste.

How it works: Serve the People facilitates a sign-up sheet for recipients to use and Fireweed Food Co-op packages the food at their warehouse. Every Thursday community volunteers pick-up the packages and deliver them to the homes who have requested food. Since summer 2020, we have delivered local food to nearly 10,000 people.

Why local? The food being purchased for these boxes comes from local farmers engaging in regenerative agricultural practices. Not only are we able to support a more sustainable and just food system within our province, but we’re also able to provide food that’s incredibly nutritious. This project aims to remove the financial barriers that are often involved in accessing local, nutritious food.

What’s in each box? We try to ensure there’s protein in each box (a generous donor provides us with frozen hams most weeks), enough vegetables to last 2-3 meals, locally grown grains, beans, oils, and other pantry products, when available.

Want to contribute to the program? We’re currently running a GoFundMe fundraiser to raise enough money to keep the program going through the rest of winter and spring 2021. E-transfer to servethepeopleinitiative@gmail.com.

Experiencing food insecurity and interested in signing-up to receive a Waste Not package? Here’s how

  1. Fill out the sign-up sheet following the link below (forms for each week go live Saturday morning). You will receive a confirmation email AND see a confirmation message on your screen if your form has successfully gone through. Please ensure you fill out every field in the form.
  2. Ensure you are available on Thursday to receive your delivery. The driver will arrive between 1:30 and 6:00pm. If they are unable to make contact with you, we can no guarantee delivery.