We are excited to be coming together to reduce household food waste and to shrink our collective environmental footprint.

We know that food waste is a significant contributor to global warming, but there are so many other benefits to being more mindful of how we use food. Conscientious planning, shopping and consumption benefits our physical health and saves money as well.  On a broader scale, it can improve access to food for others, and can promote more sustainable practices in the food supply chain. 

By thinking about where our food comes from, and how our choices affect the resources available to others – both now and in the future – we become more active stewards of a healthy and equitable planet. 

But you must already know that.  You’re here! 

Challenge Ambassador

Rose Barcarse

YouTube video

Sharing Anishnawbe teachings around food

Excerpt from full video.

Nothing is ever in abundance, there is only a certain amount we can take, and a certain amount we can give – we always have to respect it.

John LaForme

We are grateful to Melissa Stevensons and John LaForme, from the Anishnawbe Health Foundation, for sharing their teachings with us. The foundation supports Anishnawbe Health Toronto, which provides health services grounded in indigenous culture and knowledge to Toronto’s indigenous population. In thanks for their generosity, you are welcomed to make a donation in Melissa or John’s name to support the foundation.


Food waste: The facts


Of the food that is thrown away every year, 63% is edible. It could have been eaten!


On average, Canadian households throw out 140 kilograms of food every year, worth more than 1,100 dollars.

2.2 million

Across Canada, the result is that 2.2 million tonnes of edible food is lost every year, at a cost of more than $17 billion.

Source: National Zero Waste Council

Think this is a problem?

It’s not too late, you can still join the Food Waste Challenge!

The Food Waste Challenge

The objectives of this challenge are to support households to reduce their food waste, in order to reduce their environmental footprint, save money and steward resources for others. 

One of the most effective ways to change collective behaviour is to combine education with the opportunity to take action, both of which are more fun when done in a group setting.

Over six weeks, we are inviting you to carry out some simple activities focused on different aspects of food use and waste (see overview below). Step by step, we’ll introduce the knowledge, tools and methods that can help you make a difference.

Weekly overview

New weekly challenges will become available the day before they begin.

Week 1

Weighing In

Learn about avoidable food waste and complete a household food waste audit

Week 2


The benefits of pre-planning meals and making shopping lists

Week 3

Lessons in Leftovers

Embrace portion control, get creative with leftovers and try a new recipe!

Week 4

Best Before

How to prolong food freshness and useful good food safety practices

Week 5

Shopping Ugly

Shopping for less perfect produce

Week 6

Reduce & Rethink

Measure the impact of your choices with a second audit and learn how to keepnew practices.

A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. Producing uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital—and generates greenhouse gases at every stage—including methane when organic matter lands in the global rubbish bin. The food we waste is responsible for roughly 8 percent of global emissions.

Project Drawdown (drawdown.org/solutions/reduced-food-waste)

Food Waste Challenge Champions

  • Lin and Toni Sappong (Plasticfree Toronto)
  • Suki Hon (NEST)
  • Sofiya Chorniya
  • Meera Jain (The Green Mum)
  • Maleeha Mehreen (Waste Watchers)
  • Jerry Wang (Waste Watchers)
  • Christina Li (Waste Watchers)
  • Bridget Carter-Whitney (Waste Watchers)
  • Angelina La (Waste Watchers)
  • Angelina La (Waste Watchers)


We are thankful to be in collaboration with the following partners for this initiative: Naturopathic Doctors for Environmental & Social Trust (NEST), Impact Zero, Waste Watchers, Wasteless.food, EcoLogos/WaterDocs, Canadian Climate Challenge, Plasticfree Toronto and EcoCaledon.

Our goal is to highlight the facts, the contributing factors and the larger systemic problems associated with food loss and food waste, for individuals and our local community. Together we are working to use this challenge to bring more awareness and encourage more action around the issue of food waste.

Just Eat It Toronto has been modelled after a similar campaign designed and run by Dufferin County, the “Plan to Save: Food Waste Reduction” initiative. We thank them for sharing their resources and findings with Drawdown Toronto.

  • Impact Zero
  • Waste Watchers
  • Canadian Climate Challenge
  • wasteless.food
  • EcoCaledon
  • NEST
  • Water Docs logo

When we think of the causes of global warming, fossil fuel use most often comes to mind. Less conspicuous are the consequences of our breakfast, lunch and dinner.

From the Drawdown book (2017)