The Harvest Kitchens program trains adults and youth with barriers to employment in food preparation, while providing healthy, prepared meals to Torontonians in need through our agency network.
Working under the supervision of food service professionals, Harvest Kitchen trainees learn the skills of the trade while turning recovered food into nourishing prepared meals that Second Harvest then delivers to agencies lacking adequate kitchen facilities and resources to prepare foods for families and individuals in high-need communities.
The training students receive through the program provides them with valuable job skills needed to help them achieve a self-sufficient future.
Every day, Second Harvest drivers deliver a portion of our donated fresh and frozen food to our Harvest Kitchens partners, which are then turned into prepared meals for our agency network:
- YMCA - Charles Street
- Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF)
- Centre for Opportunities Respect and Empowerment (CORE)
- East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club
Outreach workers and volunteers also deliver a number of these balanced meals to those who are unable or reluctant to go to agencies because of physical or mental challenges.