Backyard fruit rescue is going to get bigger and better in Edmonton!
Changes to Fruit Rescue Operations
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton and the Leftovers Foundation formed a partnership.
Our partnership increases fruit rescue capacity and assists those experiencing food insecurity in the community!
All fruit rescues are now managed by the Leftovers’ Home Harvest program which is FREE for everyone.
Growers may make a fruit or vegetable rescue request by signing up with the Leftovers Growers Signup form.
Fruit pickers may sign up to rescue fruit using the Leftovers Home Harvest App.
- Charities interested in receiving rescued fruit should contact Leftovers.
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton continues to offer workshops, events and cider pressings! These events will be both online and in-person at our orchard!
Our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines apply at all times.
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton Memberships are FREE for 2021!
- Please see our Fruit Rescue FAQ for more information.
Leftovers’ Home Harvest Program – Launching this Summer!
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE) and the Leftovers Foundation are excited to announce their partnership in the transfer of the backyard fruit rescue program.
After 12 years of community dedication, OFRE has grown the program larger than our capacity as a volunteer board. Leftovers’ Home Harvest program will be launching this summer in Edmonton and will be taking on facilitation of backyard fruit rescue. This partnership and transition will allow for the expansion of backyard fruit rescue while maintaining the values and community-centred approach built by OFRE.
About The Leftovers Foundation
The Leftovers Foundation is one of Canada’s largest tech-enabled food rescue charities with the goal of reducing food waste and increasing access. The Leftovers Rescue Food App allows volunteers to pick up good food from donors and drop it off at service agencies that get it into the hands of our neighbours and community members who need it most.
A Fruitful Partnership
The partnership between OFRE and Leftovers is vital to backyard food rescue. OFRE brings a wealth of knowledge and connections. Leftovers brings an innovative tech-based solution for rescuing and redirecting food. These qualities combined make for a most fruitful food rescue program in Alberta.
Benefits of the Partnership
- Access to new and expanded resources to improve the fruit rescue program in Alberta.
- Easy to get involved!
- Better organizational structure.
- Better access to potential grants.
- Leftovers mandate and values align with Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton.
- OFRE can focus on education, awareness and gleans.
The Home Harvest program allows for community members with gardens or fruit trees to sign up on the Leftovers website to have their produce harvested. A minimum of half of the harvested food will be donated to a service agency and the other half may be split between the grower and the volunteer (grower’s decision). As a grower, you are actively reducing food waste and food insecurity —it’s good for you, the community, and the environment.
Volunteering to harvest food will be free for anyone and volunteers may have the ability to take home some of the food. All that is needed to volunteer is the Leftovers Rescue Food App! Find out more about Leftovers’ Home Harvest Program. Leftovers and OFRE look forward to nurturing the urban orchard with you, our community!