Youth

Get your community service hours with us and graduate knowing you’ve supported food rescue that is helping more than 330,000 people in your community.

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

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 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

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.

INACTIVE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

School Break Opportunities

March Break, Summer & Winter Break
Volunteer at Second Harvest in any of the following areas during the school breaks. Please note that volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer on the truck or in the warehouse.

Warehouse Assistant: Help to sort and repackage food in preparation for delivery to agencies.

Driver Assistant: Help our drivers to pick up and deliver food donations to our partner agencies.

Event Preparation: Assist with preparing event materials, sorting and inventorying supplies.

Office Spring Cleaning: Help with filing, organizing supplies and general administrative duties.

Location: 1450 Lodestar Road, Unit 18 – Toronto

Opportunities subject to availability

Driver Assistants

Volunteers in this position help our drivers make pick-ups from our food donors by loading donated food onto the trucks, as well as deliver food to community agencies in Toronto.

Shifts: Monday-Friday: 7:45am to approximately 3:00pm  Saturday 8:30am – 3:00pm  Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm
Requirements: Minimum of 16 years of age and must be able to lift a maximum of 30 lbs.
Note: All shifts start and end at Second Harvest.

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.

 

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

Did you know that Second Harvest celebrates outstanding youth achievements?

The Ian Lawson Van Toch Outstanding Youth Award

During his time with Second Harvest, Ian demonstrated outstanding leadership, and commitment to community service.  This award is presented to an outstanding young person, under the age of 21, who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to community service and supported the work of Second Harvest.

 

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.