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Second Harvest

No Waste
No Hunger

We’re on a mission to grow our innovative, efficient food recovery network to fuel people and reduce the environmental impact of avoidable food waste.

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Second Harvest truck Man receiving healthy food delivery Broccoli in crate
Pallet of food

We’re the largest food rescue organization in Canada

We work across the supply chain to rescue surplus food before it ends up in landfill. Our work supports the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals - Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action and Zero Hunger. 

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Food Waste Facts

Every year Canadians throw away enough good food to feed over 22 million people. We have our work to reduce food waste cut out for us.

58%

Food produced for Canadians that is wasted

11 Million

Tonnes of avoidable food waste – that means wasted food that is edible

92.8 Billion

Pounds of greenhouse gases created annually from wasted food – the same as 28.4 billion cars

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Testimonials

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Rhema Christian Ministries has benefited significantly with the food received from Second Harvest, especially during this pandemic time. Our clients are appreciative of the variety of food.   Thank you, Second Harvest!  Rhema Food Bank could not feed the communities without your support.

Grace Williams
Rhema Christian Ministries 
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No waste, no hunger means continuing to grow our business sustainably while ensuring that our finished goods and the raw products that we use always sustain our communities and never become waste. Second Harvest supports our objective to continue to bring people together and unite them towards planet-friendly food.

Audrey Leduc
McCain Foods
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Our “pay what you can” meal program to combat COVID-19 food security issues in Brandon, MB was made possible because of Second Harvest. They have regularly gone out of their way to ensure we have a steady stream of groceries to produce 600 nutritious tasty meals weekly since June 2020. Everyoneeatsbrandon.ca loves Second Harvest.

Ross Robinson
The John Howard Society of Brandon, Inc.
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The Second Harvest Food Rescue App makes it so easy to give back to the community. Our restaurants and their teams love participating in something so impactful. Thanks to Second Harvest for helping us on our mission to always do what is right for our communities, environment and staff.

Sammi Silverman
A&W Canada 

Our Impact

Yukon

172,857
Pounds of food rescued
$399,000 +
$ value of food rescued
1.9 million
Greenhouse gases averted
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Saskatchewan

646,755 
Pounds of food rescued
$1.6 million +
$ value of food rescued
3.3 million 
Greenhouse gases averted
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Quebec

2,774,068
Pounds of food rescued
$6.9 million +
$ value of food rescued
8.5 million 
Greenhouse gases averted
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Prince Edward Island

423,796
Pounds of food rescued
$1.2 million + 
$ value of food rescued
780,000 + 
Greenhouse gases averted
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Ontario

28,669,527
Pounds of food rescued
$84.5 million +
$ value of food rescued
111 million 
Greenhouse gases averted
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Nunavut

36,240 
Pounds of food rescued
$83,000 + 
$ value of food rescued
200,000 + 
Greenhouse gases averted
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Nova Scotia

400,010
Pounds of food rescued
$1.1 million + 
$ value of food rescued
2.1 million 
Greenhouse gases averted
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Northwest Territories

175,128 
Pounds of food rescued
$400,000 + 
$ value of food rescued
1.4 million
Greenhouse gases averted
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Newfoundland and Labrador

938,618
Pounds of food rescued
$2.2 million +
$ value of food rescued
5.4 million 
Greenhouse gases averted
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New Brunswick

203,767
Pounds of food rescued
$580,000 + 
$ value of food rescued
almost 1 million
Greenhouse gases averted
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Manitoba

2,355,292
Pounds of food rescued
$6.7 million +
$ value of food rescued
8.2 million
Greenhouse gases averted
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British Columbia

2,119,358
Pounds of food rescued
$6 million
$ value of food rescued
6.9 million 
Greenhouse gases averted
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Alberta

2,717,390
Pounds of food rescued
$7.9 million +
$ value of food rescued
10 + million 
Greenhouse gases averted
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