Vancouver International Airport broke stereotypes recently when it swapped baggage carts for grocery carts as part of the launch of a new partnership with Quest Food Exchange.
A caravan of 50 employees pushing shopping carts filled with food donations benefitting Quest weaved throughout the Terminal on February 22 as part of a visual call to action designed to inspire the 23,000 people who work on Sea Island to participate in the partnership with Quest.
Working with surpluses from grocery stores, wholesalers, distributors, dairies and bakeries, Quest Food Exchange collects and distributes overstock, mislabeled or near-expiry products that would otherwise go to waste and diverts that food to people who need it through three low-cost grocery stores.
In addition to rallying the entire Sea Island community to participate in the partnership, Vancouver Airport Authority also announced its $100,000 donation to Quest as its Official Transportation Sponsor. The financial commitment will allow Quest to purchase a second refrigerated truck for its fleet, enabling the organization to achieve its two-year target to collect $9.2 million worth of food – which translates to 3,234 tonnes of waste diverted from the landfills.
Support has already begun amongst the YVR community, with retail tenants such as Hudson Group, HMS Host and Paradies Shops (which represent such brands as Hudson News, White Spot and BC Marketplace, respectively) having already donated more than $100,000 in food that has gone to kitchen tables rather than to the landfill. The Vancouver Fairmont Airport hotel is also participating in the partnership, with a recent donation of furniture that will be available to Quest’s partnered social service agencies.
The Quest partnership is part of the Airport Authority’s Community Investment program; for more information visit www.yvr.ca. For more information on Quest Food Exchange, visit www.questoutreach.org.