Second Harvest Hero Fundraiser: Meet Our Everyday Heroes

Dave, Denison Mines

Fed a family of four for one year

Denison Mines’ Toronto office team has fundraised for Second Harvest for fourteen years.  On their chosen fundraising day, lunch is provided by the company and employees make personal contributions to support Second Harvest.  Last year Denison Mines’ CEO David Cates decided to put a twist on the fundraiser and announced that all employee donations would be 50% matched by the company and the other 50% matched by Dave personally.

Employees felt really good knowing that their dollars would have twice the impact, and there was something special about knowing that Dave would be reaching into his own pocket to match their contributions!

Denison Mines is a Canadian public company involved in the exploration and development of uranium in northern Saskatchewan, as well as environmental services in Elliot Lake, Ontario.  Its corporate office is located in Toronto and as part of the company’s overall commitment to supporting its various local communities, Denison Mines is proud to support Second Harvest is its efforts to battle hunger in our own community.


Lindsay and Robbyn, Environics Communications.

Provided  50 seniors with a year’s worth of warm dinners

Environics Communications hosts bi-annual fundraisers in support of Second Harvest. While different fundraising tactics have been implemented over the last few years, the company-wide potlucks are a hit among colleagues and have continually allowed the company to surpass internal fundraising goals, year over year. Giving back is part of the company’s corporate culture and this initiative in particular brings together colleagues to break bread and remind everyone that thousands of people across our beautiful city are not as lucky.


Sophie and classmates, Avalon Montessori

Provided 820 meals for kids

Avalon Montessori has been working with Second Harvest since 2009 and this year, they embarked on a new initiative: the We Scare Hunger campaign, which included a Halloween party, a food drive and a Lunch Money day. On top of all that, they added a twist by creating friendly competition between classes and the one with the most donated food items received a special treat of their choosing – a casual day, special craft or movie afternoon. Avalon prides itself on imparting values for its students including caring for others in the community and social justice and they are proud to support Second Harvest. The school is involved in a variety of programs to benefit local and international needs.


The Second Harvest Hero workplace fundraiser is a great way for your workplace, school or community group to raise money to support people in need in your community. Funds raised enable Second Harvest to rescue fresh, healthy surplus food, that would otherwise have gone to waste, and deliver it to hungry people across Toronto.

Our 2017 campaign is officially launching! Join over 150 companies, schools and community groups across the GTA that are raising funds for Second Harvest’s food rescue program.

To sign up, click here or email for help getting started.