Food Waste
Fighting Food Waste for a Better World

Fighting Food Waste for a Better World

Our research discovered that 3.2 million tonnes of surplus edible food is produced by Canada’s food industry each year. Of that, 96% is not rescued and redistributed for human consumption. Learn the five blockers and opportunities for the food industry to rescue food loss and waste.

What is Surplus Edible Food (and Why Should You Care)?

What is Surplus Edible Food (and Why Should You Care)?

If surplus is an amount that is more than is needed, then surplus food is the quantity of food supply grown or made that exceeds the demand. It’s an abundance of food. In Canada, only 4% of surplus edible food is rescued and redistributed to those in need.

5 Questions … with Cargill

5 Questions … with Cargill

Second Harvest is grateful and humbled by the incredible corporate support that we receive to fight food insecurity across the country. We had the chance to ask a few questions to Connie Tamoto, Cargill’s Corporate Responsibility Senior Manager in Canada, to ask a few questions.

Top (Free) Resources on How to Stop Food Waste

Top (Free) Resources on How to Stop Food Waste

As Canada’s largest food rescue organization, Second Harvest has dedicated much of our time, energy, and thought into growing an online library of free resources, tools, e-learning, research, and blogs that will help all of us put an end to food waste at home (wherever that may be).

RENEWAL: Our Relationship with Food & the 4th R of Recycling

RENEWAL: Our Relationship with Food & the 4th R of Recycling

To renew means to make like new. Renewal is the process of restoring freshness and reviving something that already existed.  Spring is a time of new beginnings. It is a time of renewal. In the natural world, Spring is marked by the first buds, blossoms, and...

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).

WASTE REDUCTION WEEK: Curb Your Household Food Waste

WASTE REDUCTION WEEK: Curb Your Household Food Waste

The third week of October marks Canada’s Waste Reduction Week where organizations and individuals celebrate initiatives that curb waste and inspire others to do the same. Here are four simple steps that you can do to reduce your household food waste—and join the celebration.

Make 2022 the Year We Eliminate Food Waste

Make 2022 the Year We Eliminate Food Waste

Our climate is in a crisis, hunger is on the rise, pollution and waste are out of control, and the only way forward is through radical changes and pledges by all to be sustainable from this moment onward. Make 2022 the year we eliminate food waste once and for all! Here’s why and how.

5 Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet

5 Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet

Make your 2022 resolutions truly count this year by lessening your food impact on the planet and helping those in need. Here are 5 food resolution ideas to start doing now in your home—and make good habits for yourself, your community, and the planet.

Moving Mountains (of food) With Uber Freight

Moving Mountains (of food) With Uber Freight

The generosity of our food donors is one part of food rescue; the other is transporting food to where it’s needed – a challenge in this huge country we call home. When the rubber meets the road, Uber Freight was there.

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.

Join Hellmann’s Fridge Night and Save Food, Time and Money!

Join Hellmann’s Fridge Night and Save Food, Time and Money!

When Hellmann’s Canada launched a new app called Fridge Night, their intention was to help Canadians be more resourceful with their food, waste less in the kitchen, save money (and the planet!) … and to have a lot of fun with it!

Canada’s Invisible Food Network release

Canada’s Invisible Food Network release

As a follow-up to Second Harvest’s 2019 report, The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste, Second Harvest is releasing a second research report titled Canada’s Invisible Food Network. It is the first report to reveal the massive, invisible patchwork of community...

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.

Our Climate Crisis and Food Security

Our Climate Crisis and Food Security

The 2021 IPCC report sheds a devastating light on our climate crisis. Find out how our global food security will be impacted by changing growing seasons and what we must do to make our broken food systems sustainable in the difficult years to come.

A Drop’s Worth: The Value of Water on Food Security

A Drop’s Worth: The Value of Water on Food Security

Are we valuing water like we should? If 70% of freshwater goes to agriculture—and a majority of that food is lost or wasted along the food supply chain—what does that say about how much water is worth?