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This article was published 14/12/2015 (2176 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The festive season is upon us, with visits and gatherings aplenty. At the centre of all the merry-making is food. And with consumption of food often comes food waste.
"Food is a basic need," says longtime South Osborne resident and home economist Getty Stewart.
"But it’s about so much more than simply fuelling our body. It impacts the well-being of ourselves, our families, our communities, our economy, our environment and our world. If we care about those things, we should care about food waste."
Did you know we waste 40 per cent of the food we grow in Canada? Considerable time, energy and resources have been dedicated to growing it but it either never makes it to our table or into the hands and mouths of people, many of whom are going hungry in our own city.
Stewart started Fruit Share in South Osborne in 2010. Fruit Share connects fruit owners who have surplus fruit with volunteer fruit pickers. Volunteers pick the fruit and share it among the fruit owners, the volunteers and community groups.
It has quickly grown and now operates across the city, in Steinbach, Brandon, Portage, Morden and Gimli. Together, the Fruit Share folks have rescued and shared close to 80,000 pounds of prairie fruit; fruit that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.
"Seeing big, juicy eating apples go to waste in our neighbourhood prompted me to start Fruit Share," Stewart said.
"After repeated questions about how to use local fruit, I wrote the Prairie Fruit Cookbook: The Essential Guide for Picking, Preserving and Preparing Fruit. I started writing a blog of tips and recipes featuring fresh, seasonal food with emphasis on easy-to-make recipes and preserves."
Stewart’s approach is to build excitement and appreciation for fresh, seasonal food.
"When we appreciate something we take better care of it. Whether I’m writing about growing carrots, teaching a jam-making workshop, posting soup recipes or tweeting about best before dates, I’m working to build an appreciation of fresh food."
So, during this month of festivities, keep Stewart’s tips in mind and avoid food waste.
Meal planning, shopping wisely, storing food properly, cooking, using leftovers, using your freezer, being savvy about best before dates and knowing where and how to share food with others are all things we can do right now, Stewart says.
Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for South Osborne.
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Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface.