Volunteers are essential to Second Harvest and the work that we do.

Every year, thousands of volunteers contribute hours of their time to sort food, assist in the office, ride on our trucks, and provide support at fundraising events and food collections across the city. We encourage you to get the most out of your volunteer experience by sharing your time, talent and ideas with us. You can choose from volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas that can match your skills, interests and availability.

Join one of the most exciting and rewarding volunteer programs in Toronto and soon across Canada!  Please note: Due to the high volume of applicants, we are no longer accepting volunteers seeking court appointed hours.



Second Harvest has taken measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, guests and community partners.  Due to COVID-19 and Public Health guidance about physical distancing, we have a limited number of in-person volunteer opportunities at this time. We are still accepting new volunteer applications which will allow you to stay informed on when more volunteer opportunities become available.


At Second Harvest, the health and safety of our communities, supporters and overall workplace are of paramount importance. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and as part of our continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for our employees and partners, Second Harvest now requires that all employees and volunteers who attend the workplace or other onsite locations to be fully vaccinated with a COVID- 19 vaccine approved by Health Canada.

Volunteers who do not wish to be vaccinated, are medically ineligible to be vaccinated and/or have chosen not to be vaccinated due to religious beliefs can still volunteer with Second Harvest in a virtual capacity.  Virtual volunteer opportunities are offered to all volunteers regardless of vaccine status and are subject to availability, based on organizational needs.

In addition to our Vaccination Policy provided during onboarding, volunteers must comply with all Second Harvest health and safety protocols while performing volunteer duties and representing our organization.  Additional health and safety measures include:

  • Properly wear a mask/face covering
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Submit an electronic COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to each volunteer shift
  • Participate in contact tracing by signing in/out when on Second Harvest property and at event locations when necessary
  • Do not volunteer if you have COVID-19 symptoms, been in contact with some who has COVID-19 or travelled without observing a quarantine period, if required by the Government of Canada.

Instructions on how to confirm you vaccination status and our health and safety protocols will be provided to volunteers upon booking.

Want to Volunteer?

Please Contact:

Marjorie Richards
Volunteer Program Coordinator
416.408.2594 ext. 243
Ashley Ferguson
Volunteer Program Manager
416.408.2594 ext. 287