Training & Education

Second Harvest is committed to supporting our community through training, certification and on-going 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:

June 22: ISSRA, 2375 St. Clair St. W
July 16: St. James Cathedral, 106 King E
August 26: York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Rd

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 products. 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 (currently a part of our food delivery program), and you 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:

The Healthy Cooking Workshop Series:

Join us for this 3-part series that helps build food literacy and hands-on cooking skills for kitchen staff and volunteers operating meal programs across the City of Toronto. Register for all 3:

Where: The community kitchen at The 519, located at 519 Church St., Toronto ON
When: *All sessions run from 10a.m.-4p.m.

Session 1, June 27, 2019: Nutrition Essentials & Canada’s New Food Guide
Session 2, July 25, 2019: Wholesome Food & Supporting Chronic Disease
Session 3, August 29, 2019: To-Go Breakfasts, Snacks & Take-away Foods with Sustenance

Cost: FREE (with a late lunch included)
To Register: email Anita Prasad at aprasad@parc.on.ca or call 416-537-2262 x271

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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.