Second Harvest and Chick-fil-A® Surpass 2020 Partnership Goals to Help Increase Food Access to Local Communities
March 29th, 2021
Allowing for the rescue and delivery of more than 22 million pounds of food to Canadians in need
TORONTO, March 29, 2021 – In the first year of collaboration, Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization and Chick-fil-A helped increase food access for people in need in local Toronto communities and across Canada, while also reducing the environmental impacts of food waste. Chick-fil-A’s support enabled Second Harvest to recover and deliver 22 million pounds (9.98 million kilograms) of food to those in need, and to expand the Second Harvest Food Rescue App program across the country two years ahead of schedule.
“Chick-fil-A’s support could not have been more timely and was invaluable as Second Harvest worked to respond to the COVID-19 crisis,” said Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest. “Chick-fil-A partners with local non-profits to give back to the communities in which It operates and understands that the need in our community is significant. We’re distributing prepared meals, growing our food rescue and delivery, and expanding our logistics program to ensure food can move right across the country to help meet those needs, and we are grateful for Chick-fil-A’s support.”
Partnership Begins and Supports Unprecedented Expansion
In December 2019, Chick-fil-A began its partnership with Second Harvest to support individuals experiencing food insecurity in Toronto and across Canada. When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Canada, the impact to the country’s most vulnerable was immediate and severe.
“The support from Chick-fil-A and its local restaurant Operators ensured Second Harvest was able to respond to the COVID-19 hunger crisis quickly, leveraging the restaurant company’s existing infrastructure to meet the increase in people experiencing hunger during the pandemic,” said Nikkel, adding that the partnership enabled rapid expansion of the Second Harvest Food Rescue program by providing food donors a way to connect directly with local programs in their communities.
Chick-fil-A’s financial contribution allowed the Second Harvest Food Rescue program to expand, now supporting 4,300 food access programs at 2,300 organizations across Canada.
“At Chick-fil-A, we strive to take care of the communities our restaurants serve, and we know one of the urgent needs as a result of COVID-19 is the provision of ready-made, healthy meals,” said Rodney Bullard, Chick-fil-A vice president of corporate social responsibility. “We are grateful that our partnership with Second Harvest enables a quick response to this crisis to make a real and meaningful impact on people in our communities.”
Chick-fil-A Operators fulfill local hunger needs
Chick-fil-A’s business is built on independent franchised Owners/Operators who truly care about their unique restaurant and the community in which it’s located. The Chick-fil-A Shared Table program helps Operators fight hunger in their local communities by donating surplus food, which is packaged by Chick-fil-A Team Members, to local soup kitchens, shelters and non-profits. The program ensures wholesome food from its restaurant kitchens is turned into meals for those who would otherwise go hungry. With the help of the Second Harvest Food Rescue App, Shared Table bridges the gap between Chick-fil-A Operators and local, charitable agencies.
Through the app, local Chick-fil-A restaurants donated more than 3,500 pounds (1,590 kilograms) of poultry and produce to three local charities in the immediate vicinity of the restaurant chain’s locations at Yonge & Bloor and Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Meat protein is the most challenging type of food for Second Harvest to source, so these donations are especially welcome among agency partners.
With support from other community leaders and organizations, the partnership between Chick-fil-A and Second Harvest also helped with:
- Distributing more than 750,000 freshly prepared meals to nourish more than 80,000 individuals in Toronto’s most vulnerable populations
- Delivering good food to remote, rural, and fly-in Indigenous communities, an organizational first for Second Harvest
About Second Harvest
Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and a global thought leader on food recovery. Working across the supply chain – from farm to retail – we capture surplus perishable food before it ends up in landfill negatively impacting our environment. Our web and mobile app also connects businesses with surplus food to local charities ensuring good food gets to people. With the global pandemic, Second Harvest is leading the Food Rescue Canadian Alliance (FRCA), bringing together government, industry, Indigenous communities and non-profit sector to ensure food reaches the most vulnerable members of our communities, from coast to coast to coast. Learn more at https://secondharvest.ca/.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,600 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.
A leader in customer service satisfaction, Chick-fil-A was named top fast food restaurant in Newsweek’s 2019 America’s Best Customer Service report and received several honours in QSR’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards, including “The Most Respected Quick-Service Brand” and “Best Brand for Overall Experience.” Additionally, Glassdoor named Chick-fil-A one of the top 100 best places to work in 2020. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.ca.
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