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Food Rescue Awards

The Second Harvest Food Rescue Awards are a brand-new initiative to recognize and celebrate the very best groups and individuals that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to rescuing surplus edible food in Canada.

Across 8 different categories, individual agencies, food and financial donors were recognized at an in-person event on February 16, 2023.

Are you an individual supporter that's passionate about reducing food waste? Does your organization's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Environmental Social Governance (ESG) strategies show a dedication to No Waste, No Hunger? Maybe you work with one of our agency partners, who've demonstrated enthusiastic commitment to impact on the frontlines of food rescue? Or your organization continues to support innovation in the food waste reduction space? However you or your organization have been involved with us, we want to recognize your incredible contributions to our work!

Our Harvester community is at the heart of everything we do, and while we continue to make big impact together, we are excited to recognize and honour our well-deserving community for all that they do to support us. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

February 16, 2023
Hours Starts: 7:00 PM EST

Our Categories

No Waste Award

To recognize donors that demonstrate incredible efforts in support of the “No Waste” side of our mission. This could be through innovative efforts, their environmental impact/strategies/focus, or GHGs averted through their support.

Winner: Birkett Freight Solutions
Finalists: Sobeys, Shoppers Drug Mart

No Hunger Award

To recognize donors that demonstrate incredible efforts in support of the “No Hunger” side of our mission. This could be through innovative efforts, their impact/focus on food insecurity, or meals provided through their support.

Winners: Arctic Co-op, Loblaw Companies Limited
Finalists: Buddha Brands; Amanda’s No Frills, Fort St. John; Peak of the Market Winnipeg

Second Harvest Values Award

To recognize donors that represent ALL of Second Harvest’s values over the last fiscal year. Donors may showcase these values through innovation and visionary actions, through corporate culture or CSR efforts, or through civic action as an ambassador of our dual mission. 

Winner: McCain Foods
Finalists: BNP Paribas, Paul Massey, The Fine Wine Reserve, The Liu Fu Yu Charity Foundation

Essential Harvester Award

To recognize volunteers that have demonstrated dedication to our mission through volunteering support, either long-term or high-volume. This could be through number of years involved generally, through a specific program or initiative, or through lifetime impact of hours donated.

Winner: June Hamilton-Smith
Finalists: Chiara Switzer, Hyame Fadel Jardine, Gloria Maxx, Michael Reaume

Frontline Impact Award

To recognize agency partners that have demonstrated an incredible level of engagement with our mission and have outstanding impact in their community.

Winner: The Neighbourhood Group
Finalists: The Humanity Project, Lotus Light Charity Society, Wisteria Community Association, Whitehorse Food Bank

Food Waste Innovator Award

To recognize someone in the food waste reduction space that is demonstrating innovative efforts to support and improve food waste reduction.

Finalists: Yasi Zorlutuna (Community FEWD, ON)
Finalists: Diplomático Rum, Brennan Mills (Saskatoon Fire & Flood, SK), Tony Colley (Be One To Give Inc., ON)

Partner of the Year Award

We will also be recognizing our Partners of the Year, awarded to food and financial supporters who have made a significant impact with their support in Second Harvest’s Fiscal 2022 year.

Winners: The Nikita Foundation, Sobeys, The Sprott Foundation