City non-profit getting leftover food to those who need it

The non-profit group LeftOvers, collects food that originally is heading for the landfill, and instead redirects it to people in need.

According to the group’s website,, there are several service agencies that receive food through LeftOvers, including the Calgary’s Drop-In Centre, the Mustard Seed, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Founder of LeftOvers Lourdes Juan started off back in 2012 with the idea to donate leftover  food to people at her church.

Since then, she has recruited a great support team, not only in Calgary but in Edmonton as well.

People donate their own time, and gas, to help transport the food to various locations.

“The non-profit is operated seven days of the week,” said Juan. “We collect food from our vendors, and have volunteers deliver it.”

There are currently 130 volunteers, 25 different vendors, and 18 service agencies that work with LeftOvers, according to

Juan said, that in the northeast, the Old Spaghetti Factory has stepped up to help provide food for some school lunches.

Every Monday the Old Spaghetti Factory donates pasta shells, which then are transported to make hot lunches on Tuesday for three Forest Lawn schools.

Other companies such as COBS Bread, Starbucks, Second Cup, and Calgary’s Farmers’ Market, have also donated food.

Nike Falade is the owner and bakery manager of the COBS Bread location in Kensington.

During September of this year, COBS teamed up with the Breakfast Club, to help create some breakfasts.

In November, her company recently donated about 25 pounds of food to the John Howard Society, and another 35 pounds to the Alpha House.

We collect food from our vendors, and have volunteers deliver it. – Lourdes Juan

Sarah Lynch, manager of the produce and meat section at Blush Lane Organic Market, said that December is a busy time for the company.

Not only is Blush Lane donating food to LeftOvers, it also has their “plate full,” as the company is making room to work with the online delivery system .

Blush Lane donates about once a week, and gives away food that would usually be thrown out.

Not only are they perishable items that are close to expiry date, but also spotted fruit as well, that would have been thrown out.

About Jennifer Gorrie 3 Articles
As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Jennifer Gorrie worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2017-18 academic year.

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