Short Term

We have events all year round. Find the short-term role where you can make a difference and together we’ll create a community with ‘No Waste. No Hunger.’

To sign up to volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application Form


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 are still accepting new volunteer applications which will allow you to stay informed on when our volunteer program will resume.

Feeding Our Future – July-August 2021

Spend a weekday during the summer to help make hundreds of family food and resource kits for children attending summer programs. Last year, Second Harvest delivers over 12,000 kits to community organizations across Toronto thus ensuring children and youth could receive nutritional support during the summer. Groups of 6-8 volunteers are needed per shift.

Shift: To be determined
Requirements: Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.

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

Virtual Holiday Turkey Drive – December 2020

Turkey Drive has become a holiday tradition for so many volunteers and supporters of Second Harvest.  In 2020, Turkey Drive went from an in-person volunteer opportunity and moved online to keep our volunteers, donors and staff safe.  Last year, we raised over 9,000 turkeys to meet the demand from community organizations who were experiencing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 when you sign up for our next virtual Turkey Drive.


Toronto Taste Event Volunteers – on hold due to COVID-19

Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Toronto Taste is also the city’s premier culinary event with than 50 chefs and 30 beverage purveyors serving all-you-can-eat tastes to 1,500 guests. We require the strength of over 300 volunteers for a variety of positions over event weekend.  Volunteer positions include: Auction Attendant, Auction Cash-Out, Bussing, Chef Check In, Guest Entrance, Info Table, Live Auction Spotters, Event Set Up, Volunteer Registration and more.

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

Community Events – on hold due to COVID-19

Represent Second Harvest at events around the GTA by working the information table or helping with other general tasks, including silent auctions, ticket sales and collecting donations. Volunteers should be approachable, outgoing and comfortable promoting Second Harvest and food rescue awareness. Training is provided.

Food Collections  – on hold due to COVID-19

Assist in sorting, packaging and loading surplus food at large events like trade shows and expos so it can be transported back to our warehouse for redistribution. Events occur throughout the year on an as-needed basis.

Sign Up

To sign up to volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application Form. If you have any questions, contact Marjorie Richards at  or call 416.408.2594 x243.