Food Waste
Restore Our Earth: The (Avoidable) Cost of Food Waste

Restore Our Earth: The (Avoidable) Cost of Food Waste

For Earth Month 2021’s theme, Restore Our Earth, we have done a deep dive into the cost of food waste at every step along our food chain and restorative actions to take now in order to slow our impact on our climate.

Tempest in a Green Bin: The Food Waste Revolution

Tempest in a Green Bin: The Food Waste Revolution

With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing more people into food insecurity, and food waste contributing to greenhouse gases and climate change, our choices as donors, investors and consumers have never been as urgent as they are today. Read on …

Become a Food Defender! No-Waste Eating

Become a Food Defender! No-Waste Eating

In celebration of Earth Month 2020, Second Harvest continues to offer our free e-learning offerings with Food Defenders, our first-ever, two-day, culinary learning series.

Art of the Pantry: Finding New Inspiration in Your Cupboards

Art of the Pantry: Finding New Inspiration in Your Cupboards

Your kitchen pantry and cupboards are stocked with canned and dried goods, jams and jars, spices and sauces—now what? Here are tips and recipe ideas to help get you re-inspired to cook and eat great food straight from your pantry!

What Modern Eating Habits Can Learn From Past Generations

What Modern Eating Habits Can Learn From Past Generations

Modern eating habits are a world apart from those of past generations. What have we lost that should be remembered? Despite how far we’ve come (or gone), there are some lessons that our (great) grandparents can teach us about food preparation and preservation that are timeless and relevant today.

Digital E-Learning Opportunities in March 2021

Digital E-Learning Opportunities in March 2021

This month Second Harvest continues our e-learning seminars with two interesting and informative topics. The free seminars are intended for anyone in expanding their knowledge on these topics.

HOLIDAY FOOD WASTE: 7 Simple Steps to Reduce

HOLIDAY FOOD WASTE: 7 Simple Steps to Reduce

‘Tis the season for holiday food waste. In fact, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve every year, food waste increases by 25% with millions of pounds of seasonal foods being thrown out. Here are 7 meal planning tips to be mindful of this year.

BEST BEFORE DATES: Everything You Need to Know

BEST BEFORE DATES: Everything You Need to Know

In Canada, only five types of food have true expiry dates: baby formula, meal replacements or supplement bars, meal supplement drinks, formulated liquid diets and foods used in low-energy diets (the last two both require a prescription).

Food Rescue on the Global Stage

Food Rescue on the Global Stage

Second Harvest’s own Lori Nikkel was designated a #FoodHero by the United Nations FAO on World Food Day, giving an opportunity for the CEO of Canada’s largest food rescue company to amplify her voice and message to a global audience.

8 FOOD WASTE FACTS That Every Canadian Should Know

8 FOOD WASTE FACTS That Every Canadian Should Know

The average Canadian household wastes almost $5 a day ($1,766 per year) on food they’ll end up tossing. Here are 8 food waste facts from our Avoidable Food Waste report to think about the next time you grocery shop or purge your fridge.

APPETITE FOR PERFECTION: How Food Aesthetics Harm Us

APPETITE FOR PERFECTION: How Food Aesthetics Harm Us

If you had a choice between an avocado with a bruise and one without, which one would you choose? Therein lies the problem. Our demand for food perfection is fueling a broken system—and adding to world hunger and environmental degradation.

3 FREE E-LEARNINGS: Your Food Waste Education Starts Here

3 FREE E-LEARNINGS: Your Food Waste Education Starts Here

In Canada alone, 58% of all food produced is lost. This is socially unjust and ecologically unsustainable. But you can do something about it. Join our free online learning sessions and learn how to reduce and recover your food waste where you live and work.

PLATE WASTE: How to Save the Planet One Restaurant Plate at a Time

PLATE WASTE: How to Save the Planet One Restaurant Plate at a Time

Every year, over $7 billion worth of food is wasted at hotels, restaurants and institutions such as school cafeterias. That’s about 13% of all food loss and waste in Canada. The biggest culprit is plate waste. Find out what it is and how to stop it.

3 MYTHS About Best-Before Dates Debunked

3 MYTHS About Best-Before Dates Debunked

There are only 5 types of food in Canada that have true expiry dates. Our lack of awareness of best-before dates is one of the biggest contributors to food waste. In fact, 32%—or 95 CN Towers worth of food—is thrown out every year in Canada and shouldn’t have been.