Westland supports Second Harvest in fighting food insecurity and reducing food waste in Canada
April 13, 2023, Surrey, BC/Territories of the Coast Salish (Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen First Nations) – Westland Insurance, one of Canada’s largest independently owned brokerages, today announced a pledge of $25,000 to Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization. The formal presentation of the cheque took place on April 11, where Westland representatives presented the donation to Second Harvest’s Head of BC Operations, Shelley Lycan.
This partnership is part of the Purpose Partnership with Gore Mutual, a joint effort with 10 Insurance Brokers to increase social impact initiatives in the Canadian insurance space.
“Food insecurity is on the rise in Canada, and it disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable in our society,” says Keri Fraser, Chief People Officer at Westland. “Access to affordable, nutritious food is a human right. That’s why we’re so thrilled to join forces with Second Harvest as they aim to make a difference for people across Canada. Eliminating food waste also has a positive impact on the environment, the effects of which can be felt by all Canadians. Giving back to the communities we serve is part of who we are at Westland, and this partnership reflects our ongoing commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of Canadians.”
In Canada, over $49 billion worth of good, edible surplus food is wasted annually, while food insecurity is on the rise. Second Harvest’s primary mission is to connect excess food with those who need it most while reducing the environmental impacts of food waste on our planet. The $25,000 pledge will enable Second Harvest to rescue and redistribute even more surplus food, providing nourishment to vulnerable communities and reducing food waste in Canada.
“It’s with the support of partners like Westland Insurance that we’re able to rescue and redistribute enough nutritious food to support 4.3 million people every year,” Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest said. “Food insecurity and climate change are urgent pressures in Canada that we can’t address alone. This $25,000 from Westland Insurance will have an immediate impact locally in British Columbia and across the country!”
About Westland Insurance Group
Westland Insurance Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent insurance brokers in Canada. Trading over $2.5 billion of premium, Westland continues to expand coast to coast. Westland’s brokers provide expertise and advisory-based services across commercial, personal, employee benefits, farm, and specialty insurance segments. Since its founding in 1980, Westland has remained a family-owned company that is committed to supporting its clients, industry partners and local communities. For more information, please visit westlandinsurance.ca
About Second Harvest
Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue organization and is a global thought leader on perishable food redistribution. We operate at the intersection of hunger relief and environmental protection, tackling food loss and waste through food redistribution, research, awareness, and education, continually innovating and collaborating to ensure a more sustainable planet.
We work with thousands of food businesses from across the supply chain utilizing logistics and technology to reduce the amount of edible food going to waste, thereby diverting unnecessary greenhouse gases from entering the environment. Our inclusive model ensures this healthy surplus food is redirected to thousands of charities and non-profits across the country, providing millions of Canadians experiencing food insecurity access to the nourishment they need. Learn more: secondharvest.ca
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Jessica Thiessen, Senior Manager, Communications