The Good Food Challenge

Don’t let good food go to waste

Over the past several months, with routines being upended as we’ve had to shift our lives to accommodate COVID-19, have you noticed you’re spending more on groceries? Are you spending more hours in the kitchen preparing meals? Is your green bin filling up a lot faster than it has in the past?

In the early days of the pandemic we noticed the amount of green bin waste collected was rising, in some cases it increased as high as 20 per cent over the year before as more people have adjusted to staying in and cooking at home. If you find you’re spending more on groceries while your green bin feels heavier than ever you may want to take the ‘Good Food Challenge’ to help you waste less and save more!

Over this 4-week Challenge you will discover some simple tips and challenges featuring planning, organizing, shopping, storing, cooking and composting advice that will help you plan and prepare better meals so you can waste less, enjoy more and help protect the environment!

Challenge runs February 1 – 28, 2021. Weekly prizes to be won!

What to expect

Once you register, you will receive an introductory email that will include a questionnaire as well as some guiding questions to help you reflect on how you currently shop, prepare and use your food, including how much of it goes to waste.   

Over the following weeks you will be sent easy tips, fun activities, and interactive challenges to set you on your way to reducing waste and feeling more organized and prepared in your kitchen. !   

Weekly prizes will be awarded with a final Grand Prize to one lucky winner valued at $250. Challenge prizes are available to York Region residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to win.   

Click here for complete contest rules and regulations.

Please click on each week below to access the calendar of challenges, events and resources. Links go live the Sunday before.

Week 1: February 1 – 7, 2021

Week 2: February 8 – 14, 2021

Week 3: February 9 – 21, 2021

Week 4: February 22 – 28, 2021

York Region Food Network is excited to be working with York Region and Neighbours for The Planet on this food waste reduction initiative!

To learn more about how food waste impacts climate change visit

To find Good Food resources check out YORK.CA

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