Second Harvest is Committed to the North
July 16th, 2020
From the Big Smoke to the Sault and Sioux Lookout, Second Harvest is there!
Our mission to rescue and redistribute surplus food to communities across Canada has a simple, but profound challenge: Canada is a very large country.
The vast majority of food industry distribution centres, farms and other food businesses are located close to our southern border and transportation from south to north is expensive. In the best of times, Canadians who live in the north and in remote communities face food access challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.
The Second Harvest team went to work looking for third-party logistics partners to help ship the unprecedented amounts of available surplus food to Northern Ontario. As part of their Move What Matters campaign, Uber Freight stepped up to partner with Second Harvest, donating over 35 tractor-trailer shipping services to bring food to communities across Ontario, including Manitoulin Island, Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie and Sioux Lookout.
Harvest Algoma Food Resource Centre, a program of United Way Sault Ste Marie and District (UWSSMD), has been a Second Harvest partner and food recipient since 2018. Through the partnership with Uber Freight, Second Harvest was able to bring ongoing shipments of food donations to UWSSMD. As a result, the Food Resource Centre has been able to provide surplus food to over 40 different organizations and local depots, sending food across the district – as far north as Pic Mobert First Nation and Hearst, and as far east as Spanish and Serpent River First Nation.
The impact of this food support has been wide-ranging: Harvest Algoma has been able to establish regular deliveries throughout the district and people throughout the region have a stable food supply. Since Harvest Algoma has been supplying food regularly to the district food banks, the Algoma District Social Services Administration Board has been able to stop buying food for the food banks, shifting funds to purchase much-needed refrigerators and freezers for the food banks.
“It is with this support that thousands of seniors, families, and others have benefitted from the additional, high quality product not typically found on food bank shelves.”
– Jessica Laidley, Food Resource Centre Manager, United Way’s Harvest Algoma
Second Harvest also partnered with Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority to bring good food to over 25 remote, rural and fly-in Indigenous serving communities. Uber Freight helped us carry a full tractor-trailer load of food donations and personal care supplies from our warehouse in Toronto to Sioux Lookout. There, the shipment was broken down and re-packed to be ready to be shipped by plane into more than two dozen communities, including Big Trout Lake, Kejick Bay/Lac Seul, Muskrat Dam, Pikangikum, Mishkegogamang, Ojibway Nation of Saugeen, Sandy Lake, Deer Lake, Wawakapewin (Long Dog), New Slate Falls and Fort Severn.