Second Harvest is committed to getting food to Canadians experiencing food insecurity. During the pandemic, our charitable work around hunger relief has grown increasingly important to ensure everyone has access to the food they need to nourish themselves and their families. As mentioned in our post Food rescue on the global stage, Second Harvest was recognized by the United Nations FAO on World Food Day for continuing to fight the food insecurity crisis.
Over $10M of vital funding for hunger relief distributed
Second Harvest is a strong funder of community programs, especially those that focus on hunger relief and redirecting food waste to those who need it most. Along with COVID relief funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, we distributed $10,158,562 to 684 organizations across Canada, with 25% directed to Indigenous-led organizations.
In addition, support from The Sprott Foundation, Loblaws and the North West Company enabled Second Harvest to provide $10M in grocery gift cards and food vouchers to 588 nonprofits and 137 communities, including Indigenous and remote communities.
Making a difference to hunger relief: In their own words
“We are grateful for the funding and support. We started providing large food bundles to our prenatal patients and we are beyond excited to be combating food insecurity in pregnant women in our community.”Igloolik Health Centre, Igloolik, NU
“One community member said, ‘I almost cried seeing all that food; my kids were so excited.’ Thank you Second Harvest for supporting our urban Indigenous community.”First Light, St. John’s, NL
A look at some accomplishments
- A+ Rating: Charity Intelligence Canada recognized Second Harvest as an A+ rating in its Charity Intelligence Chart in the “Results Reporting” category.
- Top 100: When MoneySense published Canada’s top-rated charities 2020 it recognized Second Harvest in the Top 100 Charities list.
- 1985: This is the year that Second Harvest became a Registered Charity. We’ve been at this for over 35 years!
- 88 cents of every dollar goes back into the communities we serve.