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Interview with Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest

I am the CEO of Second Harvest, Canada’s largest Food Rescue organization and the proud mother to 3 wonderful sons.  My career started over 20 years ago as a low-income single mom trying to make sure my own children had access to good healthy food.  This resulted in me volunteering at my boys’ school as the nutrition coordinator where I learned quickly that children come to school missing meals for many reasons, and you can’t tell who’s hungry just by looking. The budget was limited, so in order to ensure we had enough food, we requested local retailers and restaurants to donate their surplus food to our program. This is where my passion for food systems began and what motivated me to move beyond the boundaries of that school. I’ve since worked at FoodShare, Breakfast Club of Canada and now Second Harvest.

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How much food and money can you save if you trust your gut instead of the best before label?

was cleaning out my fridge recently, feeling more and more guilty about every rotted piece of fruit and item past its “best before” date. Everything I was throwing out was wasted money and adding to a landfill somewhere. But mid-purge, I realized I wasn’t sure if I actually had to toss a lot of what I was pitching in a garbage bag. The mouldy strawberries obviously had to go. But did I really have to throw out the ground beef just because its best before date was two days ago?

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Food Rescue Charity Hoping to Crack Down on Wasted Food

Canada's largest food rescue charity is hoping to put an end to wasted food. A recent study by Second Harvest found 58% of all food produced for Canadians is wasted and, of that, it's estimated about 32% can be avoided.

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Out of the garbage, into your mouth: Food wasted in Canada enough to feed everyone for months, group says

How much food do you end up tossing out? It is probably nothing compared to the amount that is thrown away or lost right across the supply chain every year in Canada, most of it before it even gets to your kitchen. The CEO of a non-profit trying to divert some of that perfectly edible food to people who need it believes it is a sign the system is broken.

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THE RESCUER Lori Nikkel boosts food security and sustainability through the three Rs of food waste: recovery, redistribution and reduction

Lori Nikkel laughs when asked what she does in her free time. "That's a hard question, because I work a lot. But I don't consider it work- I love what I do!" Nikkel is CEO of Toronto-based Second Harvest, Canada's largest food recovery organization with a 35-year history of matching surplus food with the charitable groups that need it.

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