Hunger Relief
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?

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

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.

Food Safety for Non-Profits

Food Safety for Non-Profits

Food safety is a crucial part of food rescue. Click to learn how we’re helping our non-profit partners stay healthy – and get some at-home tips, too.

Second Harvest Presents to the House of Commons

Second Harvest Presents to the House of Commons

Second Harvest’s CEO Lori Nikkel presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs on the topic of Food Security in Northern Communities, along with National Chief Elmer St. Pierre of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and Grand Chief Garrison Settee of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc.