April 9th, 2020
No Canadian Left Behind
As the humanitarian toll of the COVID-19 pandemic deepens, an unprecedented number of Canadians are worrying for the first time about how they will afford to put food on the table.
Because of this, Second Harvest is growing: we expanded FoodRescue.ca nationally in under two weeks and, thanks to a Government of Canada contribution, will be granting over $4 million in emergency funding to ensure food makes its way as quickly as possible to those that need it most.
The new grants will aim to empower local community organizations from across the country who are often under-resourced and overlooked, though they provide vital services. Second Harvest has been working around the clock to scale up operations to meet this sudden, dire need through FoodRescue.ca. This free, easy-to-use donation platform connects businesses with food surpluses to charities and non-profits in their own backyards.
Food Rescue Canadian Alliance
To help Canadians in this time of crisis, we’ve launched the Food Rescue Canadian Alliance (FRCA) Task Force, a national network that will support food redistribution efforts across the supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FRCA is working to make food available to organizations and reach populations that are in acute need. The task force consists of national leaders and includes collaboration between the food industry, non-profits, and government. Members include businesses like Loblaw Co. Ltd. and Sysco, and charities like Breakfast Club of Canada, Salvation Army and food banks.
“In times like these, vulnerable community members need our support the most. With over 60,000 non-profit organizations in Canada supporting people, we must work together – there is no organization that can do this alone.” – Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest
Trucks Still on the Road
In this urgent time of crisis, Second Harvest is an emergency service providing fresh perishable food to frontline hunger-relief organizations across Canada. Our Second Harvest trucks are still on the road, delivering enough food for 43,000 meals a day. We’re supporting 22 new agencies across Toronto, including partnering with the City of Toronto creating pop-up food banks at Toronto Public Library locations across the city.
Because of the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the programs we support are under increasing stress, and the need for food is rising as a result.