Training & Education

Second Harvest supports our community through training, certification and best practice workshops.

Food Safety Training

Certification and training for food handling best practices.

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Through this program, participants learn safe food handling, industry standards, and receive 5-year certification upon completion.

To further support our partner agencies, Second Harvest provides Food Safety Training to ensure best practices are used throughout the community. Through this program, participants learn safe food handling, industry standards, and receive 5-year certification upon completion. Sessions are 8 hours in length, including exam time. Training is offered at a subsidized rate to staff and lead volunteers of Second Harvest partner agencies.

Upcoming sessions:

September 25: Native Canadian Centre, 16 Spadina Rd. 

October 29: West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre, 313 Pharmacy Ave. 

Simply click on the link and input the password 2Harvest to register.

If you are interested in bringing Food Safety Training to your organization to support your staff and volunteers, please submit a request here.

Further questions regarding Food Safety Training?
Email jenellerd@secondharvest.ca, or call 416.408.2594 x300.

Partners in Food Safety Training
Second Harvest uses guides and resources from Toronto Public Health and TrainCan to deliver accessible and up to date food safety training.

Food Date Label Workshop

This interactive workshop is for organizations working with donated food products and is designed to address confusion about food date labels, such as expiry dates and best before dates.

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This interactive workshop is for organizations working with donated food products and is designed to address confusion about food date labels, such as expiry dates and best before dates.

There is a lot of confusion about Canada’s date labelling practices, which is a significant cause for food waste in Canada. To address confusion about food date labels, Second Harvest has developed an interactive workshop for organizations working with donated food. This workshop is designed to support staff, volunteers and community members who are engaged in food and meal programs.

If you are a Second Harvest partner agency and are interested in hosting a Food Date Label workshop at your site, please submit a request here.

Surplus Food & Food Waste Reduction Workshops

This workshop looks at the challenges of working with donated and rescued food products and gives guidance on how to best preserve and extend the life of fresh ingredients to reduce food waste.

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This workshop gives guidance on how to best preserve and extend the life of fresh ingredients to reduce food waste.

This workshop looks at the challenges of working with donated and rescued food products and gives guidance on how to best preserve and extend the life of fresh ingredients to reduce food waste. This workshop is designed for support staff, volunteers and community members engaged in food and meal programs.

If you are a Second Harvest partner agency (currently a part of our food delivery program), and you are interested in hosting a Food Waste Reduction workshop at your site, please submit a request here.

Food Literacy

This interactive workshop is for organizations working with donated food products and is to address confusion about food date labels.

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Through partnerships with leaders in food literacy education, Second Harvest offers a variety of workshops and training to staff and lead volunteers to improve their understanding about food and food preparation. Workshops offer an opportunity to spur dialogue about nurturing food literacy skills and knowledge, and offer practical tools that can be applied every day in a variety of food programs.

Upcoming sessions:

We do not currently have any scheduled sessions. Please visit again soon for updates on food literacy training opportunities.

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If you are interested in Second Harvest educational workshops for your school, corporate group, or organization, please submit inquiries to Jenelle Regnier-Davies, Manager of Training and Education, jenellerd@secondharvest.ca.