International Women's Day 2018

March 8, 2018 will mark International Women’s Day, “a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women” (IWD).

In 1985, two Toronto women, Ina Andre and Joan Clayton, noticed that perfectly good food was going to waste, while thousands of people were experiencing hunger.  They took immediate action and drove around the city in their hatchbacks, asking local restaurants and grocery stores to donate their excess, fresh food, so that they could deliver it to people in need instead of throwing it in the garbage.  Restaurateurs and retailers agreed and Second Harvest was born.

Today, Second Harvest serves over 250 social service agencies in Toronto who assist anyone in need of a nutritious meal.  From women escaping domestic abuse, to children in after-school programs and seniors on fixed incomes, over 310,000 people receive food from Second Harvest each year.

And it started with two women who saw a need that sparked an idea, and could not sit back while others were in need.

At Second Harvest, we are proud to stand with women worldwide to celebrate their ideas and accomplishments, to offer support in their struggles, and to work together to accelerate gender equality.

To all the incredibly creative, intelligent, giving, inspiring, strong women of the world: THANK YOU for all that you do.  Your ideas, actions and efforts are changing lives and making the world a better place.  Happy International Women’s Day 2018!