As the holiday season approaches, many have begun thinking about their holiday meals. Some people however, do not have that luxury. Foodporter, a new local organization startup that aims to connect food growers directly with customers, has organized a food drive in an effort to combat the struggle for food security in the Niagara region. Partnering with the Niagara Region YWCA and RAFT, as well as the social entrepreneurship organization Enactus at Brock University, Foodporter will be collecting non-perishable food items around the Brock campus at at local businesses. “Foodporter is also a proud organizational member of Food Secure Canada,” says the company on their website, “helping to create a solution for food security across our nation.”
Food Secure Canada is an organization that was formed at the Winnipeg food assembly in 2004 with a mandate of “working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three inter-locking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.”
Foodporter is an online service that aims to connect local food growers directly with their customers. The service allows customers to search and purchase produce online and then delivers the items within an hour. Foodporter says they are aimed at “Helping local buyers use nearby produce and food products for their own meals, or for their families and businesses, all while aiding their local economy, their health, and their wallet.” Growers receive the full amount paid for their products, and buyers are not charged a membership fee to buy.
Foodporter will officially launch in May for the 2017 growing season.
To donate to Foodporter’s Christmas food drive, drop off non perishables at bins located around campus (one is located in Guernsey Market, one outside of Biolinc), or at local businesses including Mahtay Cafe and Silk’s Country Kitchen in Virgil. If you can’t drop off your items, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 289-276-2704 for pick up.