Fuel people. Reduce waste.
If you’re a charity or non-profit in Canada, we’re here to help you access surplus food in your community. Second Harvest works with 3,000 charitable partners across the country to provide them with healthy surplus food from our food donors.
Our diverse network includes:
- Community organizations
- Food banks and hamper programs
- Indigenous communities
- Shelters and transitional homes
- Meal program and drop-in centres
- Before school, after school and summer camp programs
- Faith-based organizations
By rescuing good, edible food from businesses, we collectively reduce the harsh environmental impacts of letting good food go to waste while feeding people across Canada.
Second Harvest Food Rescue App
How it works
- To start, register on our app. Please note that our GTA delivery program currently has a waitlist.
- You’ll get an email when a business in your area has surplus food to donate. If you can use this food, claim that donation.
- We’ll send you a notice that you’ve successfully claimed the donation.
- Go to the donor location during the set time window to pick up your food. Make sure you have coolers and ice packs for any food that is refrigerated or frozen.
- Bring the food back to your organization and use it in your programming.
Still want to know more?
Check out our FAQs to learn more about food rescue and the importance of ensuring good food gets to people’s plates, not landfill. You can also visit our Resource Library for lots of great food donation info and tools.
Second Harvest takes food safety seriously and we ask that food donors and recipient organizations comply with Second Harvest’s donation and recovery guidelines. All facilities need to be up to date with local public health requirements and safe food handler’s training. We also offer information to help everyone make the most effective food rescues possible. Second Harvest has many resources to help you donate, rescue, and store surplus food. Check out our Resource Library for more helpful info.
Our training and education programs provide tools, training and safe food handler certification to our non-profit partners, ensuring they meet and exceed food safety standards.
- Leftover food that has been plated and served, including salad bar ingredients that are exposed to public touch
- Prepared food that has been in the temperature danger zone for 2 hours or more
- Food or drinks with alcohol and/or medicinal ingredients
- Packaged food that’s been opened or has a broken seal
- Food from people’s homes
We’re an environmental organization, so we’ve set minimums for sending a Second Harvest truck. Organizations in Toronto wishing to take part in our direct delivery program must commit to taking 200 pound of food per week.
Of course, our food rescue programs are always free for our valued network partners.
If you’ve claimed a donation but later learned that you can’t use the food, make the pickup then share the food with your network. Committing to donations that you’ve claimed helps keep businesses donating.
For more information, reach out to us.
Burgeo First Nation was fortunate to work with Second Harvest. We were able to service the communities of Burgeo, Ramea, Grey River, and Francois. This program was widely accepted by these communities with much gratitude during this pandemic. Thank you to all involved at Second Harvest for making this happen!
The hampers that we can offer guests at the Avenue Road Food Bank are always enriched by the excellent, high-quality produce, meats and treats Second Harvest offers. They help to raise our hampers from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We are so grateful.
The donated food we received helped relieve the stress and provided some great meals for hundreds of kids. The support has allowed us to work more closely with our inner-city schools and provided them with additional resources. It has also strengthened our relationship with the staff.