Surplus Food Rescue Program supports Canadian fish and seafood industry with $15.5 million-worth purchase

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The Surplus Food Rescue Program by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is supporting Canadians experiencing food insecurity along with Canada’s fish & seafood industry. The program will be purchasing $15.5 million worth of fish and seafood which will then be distributed to Canadian households that are vulnerable to food insecurity.

This initiative will involve collaboration with seafood industry giants and organizations to help expedite the purchases and distribution. Clearwater Seafoods in partnership with Membertou First Nation, will be providing $1.49 million worth of surplus scallops to be distributed to households in Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia and across Atlantic Canada. 

Also, Green Seafoods Ltd, in partnership with Feed Nova Scotia, will be distributing $55,230 worth of or 24,000 pounds frozen cooked blue mussels to vulnerable communities in Nova Scotia.

The Surplus Good Rescue Program is an innovative initiative maede to repurpose high volume food and highly perishable products for vulnerable Canadian communities to lessen overall food wastage in the country. 

Although this initiative was triggered by the pandemic shutting down food establishments causing producers to end with an oversupply of their products, it has proven beneficial especially to food insecure households across the country.

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