Second Harvest

We are the main provider of fresh food to people in need in Toronto, with over seven million pounds of food delivered in the past 12 months.

Second Harvest is the largest food rescue program in Canada. Since 1985, Second Harvest has been picking up donated, surplus food, which would otherwise go to waste, and delivering that food to community agencies in Toronto. Currently, Second Harvest delivers rescued food to over 200 community agencies.

Second Harvest at a glance

All our food is donated by local food retailers, manufacturers, restaurants, caterers

  • We do not purchase food

Children and youth represent almost 40% of all our food recipients

We supply high-nutrition for over 200 social service agencies:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables,100% fruit juices, fresh and frozen meat and milk
  • Healthy bagged lunches for children in low income families at day camps
  • High-protein foods for seniors and sick people with special dietary needs

We reduce pollution by diverting our rescued excess food from landfills:

  • Over 3.1 million pounds of greenhouse gases prevented every year

Supported by hundreds of corporations, foundations, and the community at large:

  • No ongoing funding from the government or from United Way
  • Over 11,000 volunteer hours

Three major annual fundraising events:

We are efficient:         

  • It costs us just 50 cents to deliver enough food for