Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and global thought leader on food recovery. We work across the supply chain from farm to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up in the landfill which negatively impacts our environment.
Last year, we recovered more than 22.3 million pounds of nutritious, unsold food — focusing on protein, dairy and produce — we rescued before it became waste and redistributed to a broad network of 2,300 social service organizations. Supported by hundreds of corporations, foundations, and the community at large, we rescue and redistribute enough food to provide over 62,000 meals a day in Canada. Since 1985 we have rescued and delivered more than 177 million pounds of food, preventing over 75 million pounds of greenhouse gas equivalents from entering our atmosphere.
VISION: No Waste. No Hunger.
MISSION: Grow an efficient food recovery network to fuel people and reduce the environmental impacts of avoidable food waste.
We improve food access to ensure everyone, regardless of their economic situation, can have good food
We consistently strive to have a positive impact on the environment
Open, honest and transparent, we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards
We believe we can accomplish more when we work together
What We Do
Food Rescue & Delivery
Second Harvest's core program sends a fleet of refrigerated trucks to pick up donations of fresh, surplus food and redistributes it to social service agencies serving people facing food insecurity.
Training & Education
Second Harvest is committed to supporting our community through training, certification and on-going best practice workshops.
Second Harvest is completely dependent on the generosity of companies and organizations who donate surplus food.