Turkey Drive

Thank you for supporting our annual Turkey Drive!

This December, over 430 amazing volunteers put on reindeer antlers and Santa hats, and braved the chill of the frozen meat department to promote Turkey Drive to generous shoppers. (Who rocked the turkey costume the best? Check out our Facebook album and let us know in the comments.)

From groups of families, coworkers, or friends, every volunteer helped make a difference. A special thank you goes to our 40 Leadership Volunteers for keeping our volunteers energetic and excited at the 11 participating stores. With their help, Second Harvest collected the most turkeys EVER in store!

Thank you to Loblaws, presenting sponsor

Turkey Drive is an event that would not be possible without our presenting sponsor, Loblaws. This year, all online and in-store donations were matched by an incredible $25,000 gift from Loblaws. In addition, a total of 5,887 turkeys were donated in-store by generous customers! Thank you Loblaws for your continued support of Turkey Drive. You've helped thousands of Torontonians enjoy warm meals over the holiday season.

Meeting the increased demand for turkeys

This year, Second Harvest received an overwhelming number of requests for turkeys. We are so thankful to the many organizations and businesses who donated turkeys to ensure that every request was fulfilled. From everyone at Second Harvest and the agencies we serve, thank you!

Delivering turkeys across Toronto

Whether you purchased a turkey at a Loblaws store, made a donation online, or volunteered your time, your support helped us deliver a grand total of 7,008 turkeys for happy holiday meals across Toronto.

“You take a load off and it helps my heart. Getting this turkey will make my family’s Christmas. Thank you Second Harvest and Bluffs Food Bank!” – Bluffs Food Bank Client

The Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club distributed turkeys to 55 families in the Jane Finch Community over the winter holidays.

Winnie and Jonathan were all smiles collecting a cartful of turkeys for Fort York Food Bank‘s clients.

Man and woman posing with a cartful of frozen turkeys

Winnie and Jonathan at Fort York Food Bank with a cartful of turkeys

Bluffs Food Bank had Rudolph visit for their Turkey Giveaway to Scarborough families, as they gave away dozens of turkeys for Christmas dinners.

Bluffs Food Bank Volunteers with frozen turkeys

Rudolph paid a call at the Bluffs Food Bank Turkey Giveaway

At Oasis Dufferin Community Centre, they held a turkey dinner for their clients, served up by firefighters from station 345 and MPP Marit Stiles.

The team at Sistering was all smiles when Driver Hektor delivered turkeys. Sistering serves at-risk, socially isolated women.

Collage of four photos with women holding turkeys

The team at Sistering delighted as Driver Hektor delivers turkeys

At The 519, they held a holiday dinner for their Older LGBTQ2S Community.

Hands holiding a turkey dinner (turkey, potatoes, veg) on a paper plate

Holiday dinner for older LGBTQ2S at the The 519

Thank you to everyone who supported Turkey Drive!