When an old woman and her cat came looking for food recently from Shelley Wells, executive director of Quest Food Exchange in Vancouver, it didn't matter that the woman had only 17 cents to spend for a week's worth of goods. Wells had seen tight budgets before -- it was not rare for a family to drop by with $20 to stretch for a whole month. By the time the lady went home that day, Wells and her team at Quest, which redistributes excess or damaged food from supermarkets and restaurants to the public, were able to provide her with...

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