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Why We’re Switching to a Quarters Model

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Kamloops Food Policy Council’s Gleaning Abundance Program (GAP) is trying something new. We’re switching from a thirds model to a quarters model. What does this mean, you ask? It means that we’re starting up a social enterprise to help subsidize our operation!

Until now, the Gleaning Abundance Program has been running on a thirds model — when we glean a fruit tree, one third of the fruit goes to the homeowner, one third to the volunteers, and one third to charity.

This led to an over-abundance of fruit that needed a home. As a way to use this fruit, to turn it into something that both reduces fruit waste and supports our work, we’ve decided to start adding value to it. We want to make products that people and businesses would be excited to use.

We’ll always support the charities that currently benefit from our harvests — that remains the same. What is changing is our sharing model. Under the quarters model, one quarter of the gleaned fruit goes to the homeowner, one quarter to volunteers, one quarter to charity, and one quarter to social enterprise. In addition, all the proceeds from the social enterprise cycle back to the Kamloops Food Policy Council to support its work.

This change allows us to reduce our reliance on grant funding, while simultaneously helping us fully use all the fruit we harvest. And, down the road, by expanding to the social enterprise “quarters” model, we’ll be able to grow the Gleaning Abundance Program to harvest and use the fruit of more trees around Kamloops.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and for supporting the Kamloops Food Policy Council. But, we’re not done yet — we could use your help. We’re looking for community feedback because we want to make products that are useful to you. Please take 5 minutes to fill out this customer discovery survey, and if you have any bigger ideas or feedback that is beyond the scope of the survey, then drop us a line!

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