What We Do

Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue charity with a dual mission of environmental protection and hunger relief. We recover nutritious, unsold food before it becomes waste and distribute to a broad network of 373 social service organizations. Our free, essential service helps nourish people through school programs, seniors’ centres, shelters, food banks, and regional food hubs.

In 34 years, Second Harvest has rescued over 140 million pounds of healthy food, preventing 128 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering our atmosphere.

Currently, we recover food from over 742 donors and distribute that food to 373 social service agencies in Ontario, providing enough food for 34,000 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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Feeding Our Future

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

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Harvest Kitchens

The Harvest Kitchens program trains adults and youth with barriers to employment in food preparation, while providing healthy, prepared meals to Torontonians in need through our agency network.

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Training & Education

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

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FoodRescue.ca

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

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Research

Our ground-breaking research on food loss and waste is available as 'The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste'

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