Did you know that over one billion pumpkins are grown in North America each year? And did you know that well over half of these pumpkins are grown for decorative purpose only?
Pumpkins grown for seasonal décor each year are a perfectly good, edible, and nutritious food item that can be saved. Traditional pie pumpkin is the most familiar, however pumpkins, squash, and other varieties and their seeds can also be used in breads, muffins, pies, soups, and much more.
United Way’s Harvest Algoma Food Resource Centre is launching is 3rd annual Great Pumpkin Rescue from November 2nd to November 6th. Harvest Algoma will be accepting whole and intact pumpkins at the Food Resource Centre in marked bins outside the building. Please note that they are unable to accept cut pumpkins at the Food Resource Centre. You’re invited to compost your cut and decorated Jack ‘o Lantern at the GFL bin located in the Cambrian Mall parking lot after 8:30am Monday, November 2nd and no later than Friday, November 6th at 4:30 when the bin will be removed.
Join them in this food rescue effort to educate the community about reducing food waste and helping us to create delicious food to feed those in need. Helping others can be delicious!
Thank you to our partners on this great event: Lemieux Composting, GFL Environmental, and Cambrian Mall.