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March 4th, 2020 Nourish By Numbers
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.
February 12th, 2020 Globe and Mail
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?
January 30th, 2020 AM 800 cklw
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.
January 22nd, 2020 City News
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.
January 2nd, 2020 Canadian Grocer
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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