The Upcycle Kitchen is The SEED’s latest social enterprise. The premise behind the kitchen is that food waste is an issue, and food insecurity is an issue, and too often food waste diversion is considered a direct solution to hunger – i.e. if we simply take all the food that is being wasted and give it to food insecure people, they won’t be hungry anymore. While food recovery and redistribution to food-based charities has its place when presented in a dignified way, it is not a complete solution and the ability of local food banks and pantries to handle, store, and distribute large volumes of food is too limited.
The Upcycle Kitchen is looking to address these limitations in a few ways: (1) by taking surplus food and processing it into healthy, value added products (e.g. jams, sauces, etc.) that can be sold at sliding scale rates, creating greater access to a wider range of food products; (2) providing training and employment opportunities for youth facing barriers to employment – youth will participate in up to 10 different kitchen-based learning sessions that will cover everything from knife skills to canning and more.
We are working diligently to get the kitchen up and running – stay tuned for volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved!