Burger, fries, root beer and a side of charity: A&W’s work with the Second Harvest Food Rescue App

by | Jul 4, 2022 | Hunger Relief

When a handful of A&W locations started using the Second Harvest Food Rescue App in 2019 the impact was immediate. Since then,  56,794 meals have been donated from 180 different restaurant locations.

A&W specifically donated 9,000 pounds of food from its B.C. warehouse during the catastrophic flooding in British Columbia in 2021. The food distribution to 10 organizations in Abbotsford supported people affected and displaced by the floods. 

With restaurants from coast to coast, and a presence in diverse communities across the country, A&W strives to help their guests take small actions that make the world a better place, whenever they can. This shows up in the food they source, the choices they make to reduce their impact on the environment, and the variety of ways their restaurants give back to the communities they do business in. Partnering with Second Harvest was a natural fit, according to the company.   

“The impact with the Food Rescue app has been outstanding – we’re so grateful for the opportunity to provide meals to Canadians in need. It’s a really simple program for our restaurants to opt-in to and they love being able to give back to their communities while reducing food waste.”

Owen Miller-White, Manager, Restaurant Food Safety & Environment

Donations through the Second Harvest Food Rescue app have supported the distribution of 17.7 Million pounds of food since 2018. This has averted more than 120 Million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the environment. Learn more about the Second Harvest Food Rescue app. And learn about our generous donors and partners, such as A&W.

More than 2,700 individual donations have contributed through the A&W program to more than 181 different community organizations.