Natasha Bowes, Senior Manager of Philanthropy for Second Harvest, seen above with her family (second from right) recently had a chance to “walk the walk” and join her Second Harvest colleagues during a delivery day in December in honour of Giving Tuesday. Here’s her account of the experience.
Resources to Celebrate Nutrition Month in Your Home Every Day
In celebration of Canada’s Nutrition Month in March 2023, here is a collection of free resources and helpful tips for healthy eating in your household. Learn how to make every meal nutritious so that you and your family thrive every day.
How to Move Millions of Pounds of Rescued Food
As the largest food rescue organization in Canada, Second Harvest knows how to move millions of pounds of surplus food across a logically and geographically challenging country. Our secret? It takes a country to feed a country.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
“Knowing that children won’t worry about lunch will help in many ways”
It was another summer of uncertainty for children who would normally be taking part in summer camps – and the access to the lunches those camps provide. Read how Second Harvest is responding to this urgent need.
Second Harvest, Chick-fil-A and Yonge Street Mission Partner to Feed Ontario
When Second Harvest and the Yonge Street Mission (YSM) first partnered in 2005, they had a simple goal: to ensure that Torontonians experiencing poverty had access to healthy, fresh food.
The Canadian Grocery Industry Tackles Food Waste & Hunger
In honour of Canada’s Grocery Heroes Day, here’s how some of Second Harvest’s grocery partners helped tackle food waste and hunger in COVID-19.
From Toronto to the Far North: A Food Rescue Journey
Second Harvest has marked a milestone: our first-ever sea-lift shipment of food donations, bound for Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Arviat, Chesterfield Inlet, Kimmirut, Baker Lake, and Kinngait in Nunavut.
Toronto Taste Celebrates 30 years of culinary excellence
On a warm and spectacular evening in June, 48 Toronto chefs showcased their immense talents at the 30th anniversary of Toronto Taste. And most importantly, more than one million dollars – the equivalent of 2,067,467 meals – was raised to support food rescue and to help fight food insecurity in Canada.
“After 16 Years, It Feels Like Friends Working Together”—Juliana Sprott
The Sprott Foundation has been supporting Second Harvest and our vision of No Waste. No Hunger. since 2005. Here is an interview with Juliana Sprott, the foundation’s Chief Giving Officer, on the successful, longstanding partnership.
RECIPE: Broccoli Salad, by Centre for Opportunities, Respect and Empowerment
This month’s recipe is provided by Centre for Opportunities, Respect and Empowerment (CORE), a day program that engages individuals with developmental disabilities in activities that support wellness, encourage self-determination and promote social inclusion.
Our Food Rescue App is Coming to a Grocery Store Near You … and You …
Empire to launch the Second Harvest Food Rescue app nationally at major banner stores and warehouses to divert surplus food to support local charities