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NAN Memo- Surplus Food Rescue Program

NAN Memo- Surplus Food Rescue Program

June 16, 2020


The Surplus Food Rescue Program is part of the government of Canada’s emergency response to the current COVID-19 crisis. This is a time-limited program to help manage and redirect existing surpluses to organizations addressing food insecurity and to avoid food waste. It will provide an opportunity for non-profit and for-profit organizations across the supply chain to bid on significant volumes of surplus products at the cost of production or less, processing them where necessary for longer shelf life and distributing to food serving agencies.

Applicants under this program may be eligible to receive a maximum of $20 million unless the organization can make a case to move commodities in all categories.


Eligible applicants consist of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations (benefits must accrue broadly) and include:

  • Community or charitable organizations
  • Indigenous groups
  • Cooperatives
  • Regional and municipal governments and agencies (can include schools or school boards)

Note: Eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into a legally binding agreement. Eligible applicants must also meet the principles and criteria outlined in the Applicant guide.

Justification must be made in the application for the volume or monetary value of food surplus proposed to be handled.

Smaller organizations proposing to handle smaller amounts of surplus may be funded if they are serving a specific vulnerable region, not otherwise well served and use innovative methods to deal with the surplus.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects are those that handle the full logistical requirements needed to move surplus commodities through the entire value chain as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible. This means covering the essential steps of acquiring product at wholesale cost, processing, transporting as well as ensuring the shelf-life stability of surplus products, resulting in the least amount of food waste.

Note: Projects can cover one or more commodities, depending on the demonstrated ability to manage all requirements for said commodities.

Regional or national approaches may be used.

No profits should be derived from the projects undertaken through this program and all benefits should return to the targeted community or communities.


Applications will be accepted and treated first for products that require immediate attention due to their high perishability (potatoes, fresh fish, eggs, etc.).

All applications will be accepted until funds are fully committed or until July 31, 2020, whichever comes first. Extensions may be made if required to meet program objectives. Project activities must be completed by September 30, 2020.

Before you apply, please read the Applicant guide for detailed information on eligibility criteria and the application process.

You are also encouraged to speak with program officials before submitting an application to obtain an up-to-date information on current surpluses.

Complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The questionnaire is an initial assessment of an applicant’s eligibility based on the mandatory program criteria. It provides you, the applicant, with a self-assessment as to where you fit in the program priorities and criteria.

Complete your application

Applicants must prepare and submit an application form.

Submit your application and required documents

A complete application package consists of:


Your application will be assessed

Once an application has been submitted for AAFC consideration, an acknowledgement notice will be sent to the applicant. Note: An application is not considered submitted to AAFC until an acknowledgement notice is received.

After an application has been received, AAFC verifies that all required forms and declarations have been completed and there is sufficient detail in the application for a full assessment. If any forms or information is missing, program officials will contact you. If all required documents are not received by the time the application deadline closes, the application will not be considered.

AAFC will send you a Contribution Agreement

Should your application be approved, you will be required to enter into a Contribution Agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

For further information on the Surplus Food Rescue Program: services/surplus-food-rescue-program/?id=1591298974329

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