By Debbie Kesheshian

Second Harvest Food Rescue

Toronto – Canada






“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.”   Virginia Woolf

Chapter One Of Four




As I tossed the package of old blueberries into the green bin I could hear my Armenian husband chastise me, “Absose!”  Roughly translated absose means wasteful!  His grandfather, Tomas was a farmer and had taught him that food was a blessing to be grateful for as there are many in our world that would die for such abundance.  It’s an important reminder in a changing world.



Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization, understands that concept.  Two women in 1985 saw the problem of wasted food as being a solution to hunger – simple, yet brilliant!


Photo: Graham Walker

We don’t think about the food wasted each day because we simply go to the grocery store and buy more.  Canada is so wealthy and we take for granted that access to good, nutritious food will always be available.  The reality is that 1 in 8 Canadian families struggle to put food on the table and 32% of them are children.  This is staggering considering that Canadians waste $31 billion worth of food every year!


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