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We’ve got a year filled with opportunities for your corporate team or company. Experience team building that makes a real difference for families in our community.

COVID-19 RESPONSE TO VOLUNTEERING AT SECOND HARVEST

Second Harvest is taking 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 are postponing all in person volunteer activity at this time.

We do our best to accommodate groups of all sizes on the date of your choice, however your flexibility is appreciated.

Virtual Holiday Turkey Drive – December 2020

Turkey Drive has become a holiday tradition for so many volunteers and supporters of Second Harvest.  This year, we have taken Turkey Drive from an in-person volunteer opportunity and moved it online to keep our volunteers, donors and staff safe.  Our goal is to raise 8,000 turkeys to meet the demand from community organizations who are experiencing additional challenges this year due to COVID-19.

Register yourself or gather your family, friends classmates and colleagues to create an online team and fundraise to reach your turkey goal, just like you would in store!  Earn volunteer hours by signing up today. Visit our Holiday Turkey Drive Page for more details.

Toronto Taste – on hold due to COVID-19

Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Toronto Taste is also the city’s premier culinary event with more than 60 chefs and 30 beverage purveyors serving all-you-can-eat tastes to 1,500 guests. It requires more than 300 volunteers for event setup, site tear down, auction assistance, catering assistance, chef registration, pre-event support, and more.

Toronto Taste provides a great team building experience that can easily accommodate large groups.  Volunteers are vital to the success of Toronto Taste which helps us to provide over 1 million meals for hungry seniors, adults and children.

Location: Evergreen Brick Works – 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

To be added to the Volunteer Interest List, please email marjorier@secondharvest.ca and you will be notified via email when Toronto Taste Volunteer Registration is open.

Warehouse Food Sort – on hold due to COVID-19

Food sorts are a great way for employees to learn about teamwork and the importance of community involvement and gain further knowledge about Second Harvest’s food recovery programs. We are currently delivering enough food for over 30,000 meals every day. Often, the food donations arrive in large bins which need to be sorted into smaller boxes for our recipient agencies. We need volunteers in our warehouse to help sort that food.

Food Sort Opportunities are reserved for corporations who are Charitable Partners of Second Harvest. Charitable Partner status: support through a minimum contribution of $500.00 or $1000.00 of gift in kind/service value within the last calendar year. School and community groups are welcome to participate in Food Sorts.

Shifts: Monday-Thursday 9:30am – 11:30am or 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Friday 9:30am-11:30am

Requirements: Maximum of 10 people per shift, 16+ years of age.  Food sorts must be booked 2-3 weeks in advance.

Please Note: If you would like to request a Food Sort, please click here to download the package.  Complete the request form in your package and email to Marjorie Richards or fax it to 416-408-2598.

Truck Ride-Along – on hold due to COVID-19

Throughout the year, by appointment

Join one of our drivers on the road for a day, picking up and delivering donations of fresh and frozen food. This is a great independent opportunity for your employees to see who we are and what we do. We can accommodate one volunteer per truck and can take a maximum of 5 volunteers per day.

Shifts: Monday-Friday 7:45am – approximately 3:00pm.
Requirements: Volunteers must book in advance.

Feeding Our Future – July & August 2021

Spend a weekday during the summer to help make hundreds of delicious and lunches for children attending city camps.  Second Harvest delivers to about a dozen community centres in Toronto thus ensuring children who get subsidized lunches during the school year will also be receiving at least one nutritious meal a day during the summer. Groups of 10 volunteers are needed per shift.

Shift: Mondays 7:00am-9:30am, 10:30am-1:30pm; Tuesdays-Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm
Requirements: Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.

Location: Kitchen 24 – 100 Marmora St #200, North York, ON M9M 2X5

Truck Pull Challenge – September 2021

The Second Harvest Truck Pull Challenge will pit corporate teams against each other in a feat of strength – pulling a Second Harvest Truck full of food across Nathan Phillips Square!  Flex your muscles and show your corporate pride as your team takes part in a physical feat worth of any Second Harvest Hero.  Teams must fundraise a minimum amount to participate.  Learn more.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square

Corporate Engagement

For more ways to partner with Second Harvest, please visit Corporate Engagement.

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Sign-Up

If you are thinking of planning a group volunteer opportunity, please contact Marjorie Richards  416.408.2594 x 243 prior to selecting your day of community service.