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Calgary's LeftOvers food rescuers wrangle Stampede breakfast hauls

Local food rescuers are bringing in big pancake hauls, with their eyes on the midway's Stampede food leftovers

Lourdes Juan said LeftOvers is hoping they can help Stampede breakfast hosts with their extra grub for years to come.

Jennifer Friesen/ for Metro

Lourdes Juan said LeftOvers is hoping they can help Stampede breakfast hosts with their extra grub for years to come.

Flapjack flippers and pancake dippers know they won’t go hungry during the Stampede week celebrations – but for those in need, breakfast lunch and supper are often a question mark – even when the city is brimming with carbs.

This year, unlike others, there’s a place to gather unwanted food scraps like batter mix and syrup: Leftovers YYC.

The local volunteer-run food saving company has been collecting bread, pastries and produce to the tune of thousands of pounds, delivering the goods to organizations who need them. So, partnering with Stampede breakfasts across the city was a no-brainer for founder Lourdes Juan.

“It’s kind of always been our goal with LeftOvers to wrangle up all that Stampede food,” Juan said.

So far, they’ve picked up deliveries from the City of Calgary and Cadillac Fairview, with a few more leads on other breakfasts that may need to take a load off.

“They had a ton of excess,” Juan said. “We were able to pick up some dry pancake goods and almost 300 lbs of it went to the Drop-In Centre and from what I hear that got allocated to other service agencies as well.”

But the prized haul might come from their relationship with Do it Green, who have asked them to come for the final day of Stampede and gather midway food.

“We’ve grown exponentially and the community has been supportive of everything we do,” Juan said. “We’re still 100 per cent volunteer powered, we’d be nothing without our volunteers.”

The support for LeftOvers has snowballed and Juan is hoping next Stampede they can work on the contacts they’ve gathered so far to combat future food waste.

To see more about what LeftOvers YYC does and volunteer visit their website: rescuefood.ca

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