Truckloads of fun for a good cause

by | Oct 3, 2023 | Community, Environment, Food Waste, Hunger Relief

On September 12, 2023, the Second Harvest Truck Pull Challenge returned, and we were inspired by the overwhelming support from all participants and spectators.

A total of 29 teams competed head-to-head

in a tournament format to see who could pull a 20,000-pound Second Harvest delivery truck across Nathan Phillips Square in the shortest time. This event was more than just a physical feat; it was a powerful statement against food waste and food insecurity in Canada.  

Through sponsorships and generous donations from teams and their supporters, the event raised $148,577 to help Second Harvest continue our mission. These funds will enable us to rescue even more surplus

food and distribute it to communities all across Canada.  

Congratulations to the winning teams from each Wave!

Wave 1: Realstar – 13:09 seconds 
Wave 2: Labtician – 12:78 seconds   
Wave 3: Team Reliance – 12:72 seconds 
Wave 4: Telus Cyber Security – 14:38 seconds

The Truck Pull Challenge also left participants and spectators with a deeper understanding of food waste in Canada through many fun activations on-site, including a fresh produce market sponsored by Toronto Wholesale Produce Association. In the Freshness Faceoff, participants tested their taste buds by trying different foods and guessing their best-before date. Remember: Best-before does not mean bad-after!  

While waiting for their turn, teams got inked with temporary tattoos by artists from Black Line Studios and relaxed at the Massage tent, courtesy of Protégé Massage School. Papa Johns and Starbucks ensured all truck pullers were well fed and energized throughout the event. 

A big thank you to all teams for your lasix over the counter participation and fundraising efforts. Without you, the event wouldn’t have been a success. We’re also grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and partners and the support of our dedicated volunteers. Thank you for joining us in the fight against food waste and food insecurity.  

Together, we can make a tangible difference in the health of our planet and the lives of those struggling with food insecurity.  

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