Training & Education

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

Food Safety Training & Workshops

Certification and training for food handling best practices.

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Food Safety Training offer a comprehensive guide on safe food handling and details the industry standards of the food sector.

Through Food Safety Training, 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 of $25.00 to staff and lead volunteers of Second Harvest partner agencies.

Upcoming sessions:

November 29: Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre, 1499 Queen Street West 

December 11: Don Montgomery Community Centre, 2467 Eglinton Ave East 

January 25: St. Vincent de Paul Immaculate Conception, 2 Richardson Ave.

February 25: Alexander Park Community Centre, 105 Grange Court

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

If you are interested in bringing Food Safety Training or a simplified workshop to your organization, 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 designed to address confusion about expiry and best before dates.

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There is a lot of confusion about best before and expiry dates, which is a significant cause of food waste in Canada.

There is a lot of confusion about best before and expiry dates, which is a significant cause of food waste in Canada. This interactive workshop offers guidance on navigating the complex world of food date labels, and offers strategies to reduce food waste with simple organizational or lifestyle changes. 

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.

Food Waste Reduction Workshop

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

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

Food Literacy

These workshops enhance food skills through hands-on engagement.

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Through partnerships with leaders in nutrition and food literacy, Second Harvest offers a variety of workshops designed to enhance food skills. Workshops offer an opportunity to nurture food literacy and support knowledge exchange with practical tools to be applied 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 Community Programs, jenellerd@secondharvest.ca.