Love Your Leftovers Challenge 

Welcome to the Love Your Leftovers Challenge—an initiative dedicated to reducing food waste across York Region, one delicious recipe at a time. Join us on this exciting journey of culinary creativity, sustainability, and positive change between December 4, 2023 through January 31, 2024! 

Why Love Your Leftovers? 

Food Waste Facts

  • 47% of food waste in Canada is generated at the household level 
  • 63% of the food Canadians throw away could have been eaten. 
  • For the average Canadian household that amounts to 140 kilograms of wasted food per year – at a cost of more than $1,500 per household per year! 

This isn’t just about scraps; it’s about rewriting our narrative and making a positive impact on our environment and community. 


The impact of annual avoidable household food waste in Canada is equal to 2.1 million cars and 9.8 million tonnes of CO2. 

The Love Your Leftovers Challenge is a call to action, inviting you to be part of the solution. By participating, you not only reduce your carbon footprint but also inspire others to make mindful choices in their kitchens. 

How to Join the Challenge

Get Creative: 

Transform your leftovers into a new inspired dish. From last night’s dinner to the forgotten veggies in the fridge, every ingredient counts. 

Share Your Magic: 

Snap a photo of your creation and share the recipe with us here. Your unique spin on leftovers could be the inspiration someone else needs.  

Spread the Love: 

Encourage friends, family, and colleagues to join the challenge. The more, the merrier! Use #YRLoveYourLeftoversChallenge to connect with a community of like-minded individuals. And tag us @YorkRegionFoodNetwork 

What’s in it for You? 

Cookbook of Change: 

Your recipes won’t go unnoticed! We’ll compile them into the Love Your Leftovers Cookbook—a collection of inspiring recipes and delightful dishes. You’ll not only contribute to a sustainable future but also be featured in this cookbook for change. 

Join Us in the Love Your Leftovers Challenge Today! 

Transform your leftovers, inspire change, and be part of a community committed to reducing food waste. Together, let’s make York Region a leader in sustainable living. Enter the #YRLoveYourLeftoversChallenge now and let the flavour-filled revolution begin!  

Ready to make a difference? Share your recipe and join the challenge today!  

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