Hunger Relief
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.

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...

Kale & Sweet Potato Curry

Kale & Sweet Potato Curry

The Community Share Food Bank provides fresh and non-perishable food to more than 150 families a week in the Don Mills area of North York, Ontario.

For the Love of Giving

For the Love of Giving

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”—Gandhi. Find out how helping others just for the love of giving can be miraculously life changing for you.

5 Questions With … The Peter Gilgan Foundation

5 Questions With … The Peter Gilgan Foundation

The Peter Gilgan Foundation helps those that help others. Their impressive mission is “To improve the lives of children and families by empowering charities that help the world transition to a more healthy, prosperous, and sustainable future.”

We Asked … You Answered! How You helped Squash Hunger in Toronto

We Asked … You Answered! How You helped Squash Hunger in Toronto

We asked the generous people of Toronto to deliver — and you did! Generous Loblaws shoppers and our Second Harvest community of givers like you warmed up the cold, dark month of December by donating 5,152 turkeys, 436 hams and 138 plant-based alternatives to our Squash Hunger food drive.

HOPE IN NUMBERS: 4.2M Canadians Fed With 41M lbs of Surplus Food

HOPE IN NUMBERS: 4.2M Canadians Fed With 41M lbs of Surplus Food

Thanks to the generous support of Second Harvest’s donors and food organizations across the country who all share in our vision of hunger relief and eliminating food waste in Canada, our impact this past year was outstanding. Here is hope in numbers based on our 2021 impact report.

SHINING A LIGHT: The People Behind Canada’s Hunger Relief

SHINING A LIGHT: The People Behind Canada’s Hunger Relief

Behind every hunger relief statistic is a person. And a story. From the millions of food-insecure Canadians to the thousands of food organizations and donors rising up to support our fellow neighbours, here are stories of generosity and light in a hopeful time of year.

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.

Canada’s Invisible Food Network: 4X More Food Charities Than Grocers

Canada’s Invisible Food Network: 4X More Food Charities Than Grocers

Second Harvest is shedding light on the massive and essential patchwork of non-profits across the country that feed 6.7 million Canadians—18% of the population—who do not have access to food. The first of its kind report, Canada’s Invisible Food Network is the first step to overhauling our broken food systems.

7 Hunger Relief Stats That Every Canadian Should Know

7 Hunger Relief Stats That Every Canadian Should Know

Based on Canada’s Invisible Food Network, a 2021 report by Second Harvest and VCMI, here are 7 hunger relief stats that Canadians should know and understand. Knowledge is the first step to making a plan to change for the better.

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.

Partnering with Chick-fil-A to fight hunger in downtown Toronto

Partnering with Chick-fil-A to fight hunger in downtown Toronto

Since 1985, Second Harvest has been rescuing and redistributing food to fight hunger and reduce food waste in Canada. But as the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country, we were faced with one of the greatest challenges we’d seen in our 35-year history.

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?