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

Turkey Drive – December 7-8, 14-15 2019

Volunteers are stationed at Loblaws locations across Toronto to ask customers to purchase a turkey and donate it to Second Harvest. The turkeys will be distributed, through our agencies, to people in need during the holiday season. Tasks include promoting the event in store, helping customers pick out frozen turkeys, loading donated turkeys onto our Second Harvest trucks and dressing up as our turkey mascot! This is a great way to give back during the holiday season!

Shifts: 9:30am-1:30pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm

Requirement: Volunteers under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the shift.

Locations: 

December 7-8, 2019

Loblaws – Queens Quay – 10 Lower Jarvis St.
Loblaws – Burnhamthorpe – 380 The East Mall
Loblaws – Millwood & Laird – 11 Redway Rd.
Superstore – Dufferin & Steeles – 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Dr.
Loblaws – Leslie & Lakeshore – 17 Leslie St.
Loblaws – Dupont & Christie – 650 Dupont St.

December 14-15, 2019
Loblaws – Victoria Park – 50 Musgrave St.
Loblaws – Yonge & York Mills – 3501 Yonge St.
Loblaws – Bayview & Moore – 301 Moore Ave.
Loblaws – Forest Hill – 396 St Clair Ave W.
Loblaws – Humbercrest – 3671 Dundas St. W.
Loblaws – Leslie & Lakeshore – 17 Leslie St

Please contact Marjorie Richards at marjorier@secondharvest.ca or 416-408-2594 ext. 243 with your top 3 choices for shift and location.

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.

Toronto Taste – June 14, 2020

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

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.

Feeding Our Future – July-August 2020

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: Monday 7:00am – 9:30am
Requirements: Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

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

Food Collections

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.

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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.