What We Do

Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and a global thought leader on food recovery. With a goal to drastically reduce the amount of food wasted while ensuring people have access to the good, healthy food they need for success, Second Harvest works across the supply chain from farmer to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up in the landfill and negatively impacts our environment.

Since 1985 we have rescued and delivered more than 127 million pounds of food and prevented over 70 million pounds of greenhouse gas equivalents from entering our atmosphere.  Currently, we rescue food from over 470 donors and deliver that food to 253 social service agencies in Toronto and food hubs across Ontario, providing enough food for 30,000 meals a day.

No Waste. No Hunger.


Learn more about how we’re bringing food to people who need it every day through our programs below:

Food Rescue & Delivery

Our Food Rescue & Delivery Program is the core of our work.

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The Second Harvest fleet rescues good healthy food from across the supply chain - from farmers, processor, manufacturers, distribution centres and large retailer to ensure good healthy food gets to people who need it.

Our core program sends a fleet of trucks to pick up fresh, surplus food every day.

Our Food Rescue & Delivery Program is the core of our work. With 10 trucks and 1 van on the road, we connect excess food with those in need. The program runs 7 days a week and provides food to our network of over 253 social service agencies in Toronto and reaches 15 large food hubs across Ontario.

The food we rescue and deliver is primarily perishable; fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, juice, milk and more. Everything we deliver is perfectly good food that has been donated because it is close to expiry and likely won’t sell, overstock, mislabeled, discounted or has damaged packaging.

That food is then delivered to a network of more than 253 social service agencies. They include food banks, meal programs, children’s breakfast programs, community centers, drop-in centers, summer camps, women’s shelters, homeless shelters and centres for addiction and mental health treatment.

Feeding Our Future

Sodexo Foundation's Feeding Our Future initiative is Canada's largest free summer lunch program.

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Every day for 8 weeks in the summer, volunteers from Sodexo prepare nutritious lunches, which Second Harvest then delivers to summer camps across the city.

Feeding hungry kids in city camps throughout the summer.

Sodexo Foundation‘s Feeding Our Future initiative is Canada’s largest free summer lunch program. It started in 2000 when inner-city families were not taking advantage of free summer camp programs for their children because they were unable to provide them with a lunch. Feeding Our Future met this need.

Every day for 8 weeks in the summer, teams of volunteers prepare nutritious lunches, which Second Harvest then delivers to summer camps across the city, ensuring that children who get subsidized lunches during the school year will also be receiving at least one nutritious meal a day while attending summer camp.

The delivery of these lunches would not be possible without the generosity of the program’s primary benefactor, the Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation, who since 2005, has provided Second Harvest with the funding to deliver about 100,000 Feeding Our Future lunches to kids in Toronto.

With your help, we were able to provide 40,000 lunches to feed 1,000 children in need this summer.

View photos from of our amazing volunteer sandwich makers and our  2017 Feeding Our Future BBQ celebration. 

Training & Education

Second Harvest is committed to supporting our community through training, certification and on-going best practice workshops.

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Learn more about the training programs, certification facilitation and workshops Second Harvest offers.


Our new online platform makes it easy for businesses with excess food to donate to social service organizations.

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Connecting food donors and social services directly via an innovative online platform.

Rescuing food in Toronto for 32 years has taught us how food producers in our city really care about reducing waste. We also see the ever-growing need to provide fresh, healthy food to those experiencing hunger. That’s why we’ve created a new program that will recover smaller amounts surplus, good food before it becomes landfill in our communities. FOODRESCUE.CA is a simple, practical way for us all to make a difference in our amazing community.

Stop food from going to waste by offering surplus to those who need it most.

To learn more, please check out our FAQ section at foodrescue.ca