FROM LOCAL FOOD AND CLOTHES RESCUE TO SHIPPING GLOBALLY
We are individuals who care!
Who are we?
We are ordinary everyday individuals who want to see change and decided to do something about it, while we started out as a husband and wife team, today we have over 100 volunteers who help daily to keep our mission going and our organization alive.
Simply put our mission is to collect surplus food from food chains such as grocery stores, restaurants, events, caterers, etc. and redistribute it to our community fridges for members of the community. Helping members in need and reducing waste at the same time.
Our short term goal is to establish community fridges all across the GTA preferably in neighborhoods that need it the most.
Our long term goal is to redistribute surplus food from North America to the needy continents, crisis-induced areas like Yemen, Africa, Syria, etc.
Our humble organization started when Laylo was grocery shopping at Longos in the reduced priced food aisle and began to wonder about what happens to all the good fruits and vegetables that don’t get sold? Laylo went home and began to research and was shocked to find out that almost 60% of food produced in Canada goes to waste, while 1 in 8 Canadians faces food insecurity. Being a mom and an environmentalist she could not believe this was happening. Having already been active in the community collecting and redistributing used clothing and donated food items to those who need it, Laylo decided that she must do more, there has to to be aw way to get the surplus food from grocery stores to give to those in need.
Initially, she had no idea what would be an ideal solution to bridge the gap between surplus food being thrown out and people facing food insecurity. After brainstorming with her husband about her ideas and plans, together they started a non-profit organization in December of 2017. It started with them gathering surplus food and used clothing and redistributing to homeless shelters in different communities.
After seeing the impact it made and the need for it in the community, she decided that more needs to be done and decided to adopt a Community Fridge Model she came across in her research, the only difference is that this Community Fridge would be for surplus food only. And thus this became the main mission of the Road to Zero Waste Organization (RTZW).
Meet our Founders
Laylo Atakhodjaeva (President of RTZW)
Was born in 1986, in Uzbekistan. She has teaching and nursing degrees and works as a Registered nurse. Her native language is Uzbek, Russian, but she’s also fluent in Spanish, Kazakh, English, and can comprehend and speak some Urdu, Turkish.
Laylo is Passionate about doing some social work that will have a positive impact on the lives of people.
Hobbies: traveling, educating about her passionate topics, reading health, and healthy eating habits researches, preparing events
Shabeeb Hasan (Co-founder and Vice President)
Was born in Toronto in 1983. Studied for policing and currently works at the Ministry of Solicitor General. In 2011 he met Laylo and they got married and now have four wonderful kids. His native language is English, but he also speaks Urdu, some Arabic, and Russian. He’s passionate about making changes, being useful in the community, leaving a good legacy for his kids, and helping others.
Hobbies: martial arts, cooking, traveling, and learning Quranic Arabic.