Food Stash Foundation’s mission works in a twofold approach: prevent good food from going to waste and provide dignified food access. Beginning their operations in 2016, the charity has evolved from one person operating out of the trunk of their car to a multi-employee warehouse operation based in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver. Food Stash rescues over 85,000 pounds of surplus food from wholesalers, stores, and farms each month. This food is delivered to 35 community organizations and is also used for weekly deliveries to 120 food insecure households as well as a weekly “pay what you feel” Rescued Food Market open to the public.
Focus Area: Food Security
Project-Type: Vancouver, British Columbia
Organization Type: Registered Charity
SDG Alignment: SDG 2: Zero Hunger and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG Sub-Target: SDG 2.1: By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food all year found
SDG 12.3: "By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses."
Project Type: Impact measurement
At the time of the project, the Food Stash team already tracked various areas of data, such as the volumes of food rescued and redistributed via their own initiatives and through their members and partners. However, there was room for improvement regarding how they collect and report on impact-related data, specifically around equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) of their services. We were tasked with compiling and analyzing existing data, summarizing key findings, and providing recommendations on how to improve their data collection methods with an EDI lens.
We analyzed various data sources to understand promising impact measurement practices that prioritize equity, diversity, reconciliation, and inclusion. Following this, we created a participatory research framework with actionable monitoring and evaluation tools to collect, observe, analyze, and report on data moving forward.
In the end, we provided Food Stash Foundation with over 20 infographics, a summary report, and a presentation that showcased our recommendation for future data collection.
20+ infographics created to quantify our data findings for the Food Stash team.
“Our team has already improved a few of our processes and practices based on the recommendations provided by the Propel Impact Fellows. They helped us learn how to ask the right questions to collect the data we need. This experience has served as a ‘jumpstart’ to improving our operations.” - Mahjobeh Badakhsh, Program Manager