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Food Rescuer Driver


Organization: Foodsharing Ottawa

Commitment: Long term (6 months to a year)

Availability: Weekends; Evenings

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 4

Location: Ottawa - Central

Deadline: Apr 5, 2020


Food Rescuer Drivers needed for a very rewarding experience for saving food!! We are looking for someone to commit once a month or up to weekly.

-Valid Driver's License and own vehicle is a must. We have arrangements with restaurants, bakeries, farmers, and stores to put aside what they can't sell (ie. fresh bread at the end of the day, produce,..) - instead of putting it in the trash.

-Drivers go on missions to pick it up, take what they can use for themselves, and deliver the remainder to a local charity.


Wendy Leung


Volunteer Opportunity Address
Various locations around Ottawa.


Good for people interested in: Food preparation and services; Communications and Marketing; Transportation of goods; Emergency Services

You will be working with: Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Seniors; Women; Youth (19-24 years); Homeless

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
-You will be part of a greater movement to save food. For most businesses it's easier to throw it in the trash then to coordinate getting it to someone who would be happy to use it. That's what we do!
-Did you know that 1/2 of the food in Canada is wasted?
-Free food for you.
-Feed the hungry.
-Be introduced to the city's gems of companies and charities.
-Support a charity of your choice with a food donation!
-You would represent Foodsharing Ottawa, working independently but on scheduled pick-ups.

How will the organization benefit?
Over the last 5 years we were able to save over 35,000 lbs and we are still going strong.

We are growing Foodsharing Ottawa! The word is out that we can help reduce food waste (raise conscience eating, reduce the environmental footprint, lower costs,..) We need more drivers to meet the needs of businesses who care and want to make a difference by donating their food instead of trashing it.

Organization category: Environment

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 1-6 days

This position would be great for - New Canadians; Seniors; Groups