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Second Harvest

No Waste. No Hunger. Food Rescue Charity. Connecting surplus food to those experiencing hunger

Established in 1985, Second Harvest is the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Second Harvest rescues fresh, surplus food and delivers it to more that 220 social service agencies in Toronto.
Food Rescue: Solution For Canada's Hunger Is So Simple It Can't Be

Food Rescue: Solution For Canada's Hunger Is So Simple It Can't Be Ignored

Public awareness of food waste is currently at an all-time high. Every day seems to bring news of entrepreneurs, researchers and experts who are talking about wasted food and food rescue. All of this attention makes Second Harvest's Executive Director Debra Lawson hopeful that awareness will translate to action.
09/06/2016 11:28 EDT
Dealing With Wasted Food By Planting Seeds Of

Dealing With Wasted Food By Planting Seeds Of Partnership

What can't be used by Second Harvest's own agency network is shared with a growing network of like-minded food organizations from Halton, Durham, Peel, and Waterloo, all the way to Hamilton and Montreal. Dispersing these surplus potatoes to organizations and people in need has created stronger reciprocal and peripheral partnerships.
08/16/2016 01:08 EDT
Senior Citizens Are The Unseen Face Of

Senior Citizens Are The Unseen Face Of Hunger

In 2015, Ontario saw a 35% jump in the number of senior citizens visiting food banks. It's a trend Second Harvest sees daily on its delivery routes. Last year, 70% of Second Harvest's agency partners noted that they serve seniors. Some agency partners, like Loyola Arrupe Centre for Seniors (LACS), are built specifically around servicing the needs of this growing and vulnerable population.
08/15/2016 11:44 EDT
Culinary Training Gives Back To

Culinary Training Gives Back To Communities

Every day, Second Harvest delivers a portion of donated fresh and frozen food to its four Harvest Kitchens partners around the city. During a 17-week training session, students prepare over 20,000 meals for people in need across Toronto. These meals are delivered to agencies lacking kitchen facilities. Outreach workers and volunteers also deliver a number of these balanced meals to those who are unable or reluctant to go to agencies because of physical or mental challenges.
08/12/2016 07:57 EDT