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 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 do our best to accommodate groups of all sizes on the date of your choice, however your flexibility is appreciated.
Squash Hunger (formerly Turkey Drive)
Teams of 4 – 6 volunteers are stationed at Loblaws locations across Toronto to ask customers to purchase a turkey, ham or plant-based protein and donate it to Second Harvest. The food raised in store will be distributed, through our agencies, to people experiencing food insecurity during the holiday season. This is a great way to give back during the holiday season!
Shifts: 9:30am-1:30pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm
Requirements: COVID-19 vaccination, screening and masks are mandatory. Volunteers under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the shift.
December 4th & 5th Locations
Loblaws – Millwood & Laird – 11 Redway Rd.
Loblaws – Queens Quay -10 Lower Jarvis St.
Loblaws – Burnhamthorpe – 380 The East Mall
Loblaws – Dupont & Christie – 650 Dupont St.
Loblaws – Bathurst & Lakeshore – 500 Lakeshore Blvd.
Loblaws – Leslie & Lakeshore – 17 Leslie St.
Loblaws – Markham – 200 Bullock Dr.
December 11th & 12th Locations
Loblaws – Victoria Park – 50 Musgrave St.
Loblaws – Yonge & York Mills – 3501 Yonge St.
Loblaws – Bayview & Moore – 301 Moore Ave.
Loblaws – Humbercrest – 3671 Dundas St W.
Loblaws – Forest Hill – 396 St Clair Ave W.
Loblaws – Leslie & Lakeshore – 17 Leslie St.
Loblaws – Queen & Portland – 585 Queen St W.
LOOKING FOR A LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY? Team Leads are needed at every shift to help guide volunteers and ensure logistics are running smoothly. We will provide you with all the training you need to run a successful Turkey Drive shift!
To book a shift, please email Marjorie at Emailvolunteer@secondharvest.ca(opens in a new tab) with your top 3 choices of locations, dates and shifts.
Toronto Taste Event Volunteers
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
Date: Sunday June 12, 2022
Feeding Our Future – July-August 2022
Spend a weekday morning during the summer to help assemble hundreds of food and resource kits for families with children. Our goal this year is to pack 17,000 kits over the summer which will be delivered to our partner community organizations across Toronto. Help us respond to the increase in household food insecurity during this pandemic by signing up to volunteer for Feeding Our Future. Limited to a maximum of six (6) volunteers per shift.
Shift Times: Mondays-Fridays 8:30am-12:00pm
Dates: July 5th to August 26th,2021 (vacancies will vary)
Requirements: Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. COVID-19 screening, physical distancing and masks are mandatory.
Location: Kitchen 24 – 100 Marmora St #200, North York, ON M9M 2X5
To book a volunteer shift, please contact Marjorie Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org
INACTIVE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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.
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.
For more ways to partner with Second Harvest, please visit Corporate Engagement.