Second Harvest relies entirely on the generosity of food donors who donate their surplus food to help feed people in need.
Donating food to Second Harvest can save your company thousands of dollars as well as help save the environment from unnecessary landfill. Second Harvest provides regular, reliable pick-up service of surplus food. You’ll pay no pick-up or delivery costs.
You are not liable for any risk associated with your donation. Second Harvest food donors are protected by Ontario’s Donation of Food Act 1994. This legislation protects those who, in good faith, donate or distribute fresh food.
Please review FOOD DONOR PACKAGE 2016 to see what food we will accept and how we can arrange for pick-up.
Donating food to Second Harvest help save the environment from unnecessary landfill.
Due to implementing strict food safety measures, Second Harvest has not experienced one food safety related incident in 32 years of operation.
We are a food rescue program that rescues fresh, surplus from over 600 food donors and distributes it to over 250 social service agencies. Thanks to the generosity of our food donors, we are able to provide food for over 30,000 meals per day.
It’s a cost-effective, environmental and socially responsible way to deal with surplus food.
The Ontario Donation of Food Act protects all companies from any liability when donating food in good will.
Pick-ups are arranged simply by phoning the office at 416.408.2594 and Dialing 1 for Dispatch. You can choose a regularly scheduled pick-up day(s) if you have surplus food at least once a week. Or you can choose to call on an ad-hoc basis. Second Harvest can often pick up food on the same day you call in, or within 24 hours.
No, Second Harvest does NOT re-sell food. Our food donors are our partners in Hunger Relief. All food donations are distributed at no cost to the social services agencies feeding people in need.
Upon your request, we will gladly repackage food product or remove branded labels in our warehouse before distribution. We can also send photos of this process.
Yes, as long is the food is non-perishable and has unopened packaging. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), you can safely eat food after the “best before” date has passed. “Best before” dates are indicators of food quality, not food safety. When the date has passed, food may lose some of its freshness, flavor, texture, and/or nutritional value.
No more than 6 months for all non-perishable food, provided it’s sealed and stored in a well-ventilated, climate controlled environment. Baby food is the exception. Second Harvest does not accept any baby food that is past “best before” date. All baby food must have at least one month before its “best before” date arrives.
No, with the exception of certain food that is frozen before expiry (see below). According to CFIA, food should not be eaten if the expiration date has passed. Expired food should be discarded.
Yes, within freezer storage time limits. According to the USDA, frozen foods remain safe indefinitely because freezing prevents the growth of microorganisms that cause both food spoilage and food borne illness. However, the quality of frozen food deteriorates over time.
Edible please. No fruits or vegetables with mold, decay, discoloration, and/or off odor.