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

COVID-19 UPDATE: 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.

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 volunteer@secondharvest.ca 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 that features chefs and beverage purveyors serving all-you-can-eat tastings to ticketholders. We require the support of over 200 event volunteers to assist in a variety of positions over the event weekend.  Volunteer areas include: Silent Auction, Registration, Admissions, Guest Activations, Bussing, Set up/Tear Down, and more.

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

Date: June 12, 2022

Requirements: Volunteers must be 19+ years of age.  COVID-19 vaccination, screening, physical distancing, and masks are mandatory.

Feeding Our Future

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 5- August 26, 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 connect with Marjorie Richards at marjorier@secondharvest.ca

Toronto Taste Event Volunteers 

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 

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.