Training & Education

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

Food Waste Reduction

Food Waste Reduction workshops provide key strategies and methods to reduce the environmental impact of food waste on an individual, household or organizational level.

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Food Waste Reduction workshops provide key strategies and methods to reduce the environmental impact of food waste on an individual, household or organizational level. Workshops can be tailored for a range of audiences and run from 1-3 hours in length. Sessions are ideal for afterschool programs, summer camps, corporate engagement events, and as part of training for volunteers and lead staff offering food programs.

Food Safety Training & Certification

Certification and training for food handling best practices.

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

To register with a credit card payment, click here.

If you would like to make a cash/cheque payment, please email Madison Maguire or call 416.606.0984.

Youth Food Safety Training provides support to youth by giving them the training and certification they need to improve employment opportunities. Through this program, youth (ages 15-24) will learn best practices of safe food handling, industry standards, and will receive 5-year certification upon completion. Sessions are 8 hours in length including exam time. This training session is offered by request and may be delivered only with a signed partnership agreement. If interested in organizing a youth training, please email Madison Maguire. 

Community Food Basics

This program focuses on food handling best practices, basic nutrition, label reading, and waste reduction.

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This program focuses on food handling best practices, basic nutrition, label reading, and waste reduction.

Community Food Basics workshops provide information on food waste reduction, food label reading, food safety essentials, and basic nutrition. Sessions can range in length, and can be tailored to support program staff, lead volunteers, and community members. Sessions can be 1-3 hours in length, including an information sharing and group discussion component. Designed to support lead program facilitators, front line workers, volunteers, and community members.

If interested in organizing a Community Food Basics workshop at your site, please email Madison Maguire

Nutrition Education

This program offers tangible tools for front-line workers to use in their day-to-day programming.

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Through partnerships with leaders in nutrition education, Second Harvest offers a variety of workshops and trainings to staff and lead volunteers to improve their understanding about food and healthful food preparation. Trainings on nutrition also offer a valuable opportunity to spur a collective dialogue about instilling a culture of healthy eating within communities. Using a ‘train-the-trainer’ approach, these sessions offer tangible tools that can be applied to everyday practice and can be utilized in a variety of food programs.

If interested in learning about upcoming Nutrition Education opportunities, email Madison Maguire. 

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To learn more about Training & Education programs and schedules please contact:

Madison Maguire
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator
416.606.0984

Kiera Toffelmire
Senior Manager, Programs and Community Relations
416.408.2594 ext. 245