Training & Education

Second Harvest is committed to supporting our community through training, certification and on-going best practice workshops.

Harvest Kitchens

The Harvest Kitchens program trains adults and youth with barriers to employment in food preparation, while providing healthy, prepared meals to Torontonians in need through our agency network

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The Harvest Kitchens program trains adults and youth with barriers to employment in food preparation.

Every day, Second Harvest drivers deliver a portion of our donated fresh and frozen food to our Harvest Kitchens partners, including:

YMCA – Charles Street

Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF)

Centre for Opportunities Respect and Empowerment (CORE)

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club

Hospitality Workers Training Centre

Working under the supervision of food service professionals, trainees learn culinary skills while turning this food into nourishing prepared meals that we then deliver to our agency partners lacking adequate kitchen facilities and resources to prepare foods for families and individuals in high-need communities. The training students receive through the program provides them with valuable job skills needed to help them achieve a self-sufficient future.

Food Safety Certification & Training

Certification and training for food handling best practices.

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Youth Empowerment Food Safety Training: To support youth in getting the training and certification they need to improve employment opportunities. Through this program, youth learn best practices of safe food handling, industry standards, and will receive 5 year certification upon completion. Sessions are 8 hours in length including exam time.

Community Food Safety Certification &  Training: To support partnering agencies in getting the training for best practice in food handling. Through program, participants learn best practices of safe food handling, industry standards, and will receive 5 year certification upon completion of the program. Sessions are 8 hours in length including exam time.

To register contact Kiera Toffelmire for available dates and complete the forms below:

Second Harvest Food Handling Registration Form

Second Harvest Training Payment Form

Community Food Programs

This program focuses on food handling best practices, basic nutrition, label reading, and waste reduction.

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This program focuses on food handling best practices, basic nutrition, label reading, and waste reduction.

Community Food Program Basics: Info session on food handling best practices, basic nutrition, label reading, and waste reduction. Session is designed for community workers offering food and food security programming and needing support on basic food practices. Sessions are 2-3 hours in length including an information sharing and group discussion component. Designed for lead program facilitators, front line workers, and volunteers.

Food & Nutrition Workshop

This program offers tangible tools for front-line workers to use in their day-to-day programming.

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Children & Youth Worker Food & Nutrition Workshop: To offer tangible tools for front-line workers that can be utilized in their day-to-day programming. This session is an opportunity for agencies to network and share experiences, and to spur a collective dialogue on instilling a culture of healthy eating in their communities. Sessions are 4-6 hours in length, including an information sharing component, a hands-on learning component, and group discussion.

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To learn more about Training & Education programs and schedules please contact:

Kiera Toffelmire
Community Relations Manager
416.408.2594 ext. 245