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Waste - Save the Squash


Pumpkin waste from local Toronto farmer's market.

31 farmer's markets in Toronto

Pumpkin waste from local Toronto farmer's market.

On October 30th, 2017 a large amount of pumpkin waste was found on the sidewalk out front of The Junction Farmer's Market.
Five garbage bags full of seeds, pulp and cut pumpkins were found. One of these bags had about 4 pumpkins in it.

Foodbanks are in need of nutritious food; this food is being thrown into the garbage.

19 food banks in Toronto

Foodbanks are in need of nutritious food; this food is being thrown into the garbage.

Quoted: "Celebrate that Toronto makes pumpkin compost!"

There are 41 pumpkin parades in Toronto

Quoted: "Celebrate that Toronto makes pumpkin compost!"
There are twice as many Pumpkin Parades than there are Foodbanks in Toronto.

5th Annual Wychwood Barns Park Pumpkin Parade:
"come by at 9 pm to help toss the pumpkins into the city's trash bins. We had about 300 pumpkins last year - let's break that record!"

Considering the number of Pumpkin Parades, there must be some way they can contribute and lend a hand to our city's Foodbanks.

"There were 80 pumpkins here the last two years, and organizers are hoping to break a hundred this year. Make sure to stay for the pumpkin toss!"

Food Waste by the numbers

Food Waste by the numbers

source: #PumpkinRescue - "Since the #PumpkinRescue campaign’s launch in 2014, 25 tonnes of pumpkin has been directly diverted from landfill and 73 local events and workshops have been attended by 3,100 people."
Eat Your Halloween Pumpkin and Save the Planet:DailyBeast

Mother and children at a foodbank eating a meal.

68 institutions feeding the community

68 institutions feeding the community:
25 churches
43 community centres

Our amount of food waste is so high that a Pay What You Can grocery store operates on what we consider mere food waste. Much of the produce would have been thrown out into the garbage.
People are living off of this stuff. It's nutritious food.

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