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Our Impact

We’re making an impact – but there’s still much more to do.

74.4 million

Pounds of food rescued and redistributed

$268 million

Worth of food rescued and redistributed

241 million

Pounds of greenhouse gases averted by food rescue

Making an impact

Yukon

6,400
Pounds of food rescued
$25,000+
$ value of food redistributed
15,000+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
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Saskatchewan

2.6 million+
Pounds of food rescued
$8.8 million+
$ value of food redistributed
8.4 million+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
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Quebec

7.2 million+
Pounds of food rescued
$21 million+
$ value of food redistributed
18 million+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
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Prince Edward Island

470,000+
Pounds of food rescued
$397,000+
$ value of food redistributed
872,000+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
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Ontario

36 million+
Pounds of food rescued
$118 million+
$ value of food redistributed
122 million+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
+-

Nunavut

0
Pounds of food rescued
$212,000+
$ value of food redistributed
0 lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
+-

Nova Scotia

1.8 million+
Pounds of food rescued
$6.6 million+
$ value of food redistributed
7 million+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
+-

Northwest Territories

0
Pounds of food rescued
$17,000+
$ value of food redistributed
0 lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
+-

Newfoundland and Labrador

380,000+
Pounds of food rescued
$1.2 million+
$ value of food redistributed
1.3 million+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
+-

New Brunswick

2.4 million+
Pounds of food rescued
$6.9 million+
$ value of food redistributed
8.2 million+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
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Manitoba

5.9 million+
Pounds of food rescued
$17 million+
$ value of food redistributed
16 million+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
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British Columbia

6.7 million+
Pounds of food rescued
$21 million+
$ value of food redistributed
21 million+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
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Alberta

10 million+
Pounds of food rescued
$34 million+
$ value of food redistributed
35 million+ lbs
Greenhouse gases averted
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Our Impact Last Year

At Second Harvest, we are proud of the work we do, but we know we have a long way to go to reach our vision of No Waste. No Hunger. Your support and involvement are critical to our success. We’d like to thank each financial supporter, food donor, recipient organization, volunteer, government body and general supporter for your help in making our country a greener, better place. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you! 


Because of your support, we were able to make a huge impact last year.

Communities

Second Harvest rescued and redistributed good surplus food in 861 communities in Canada. 

Food donors

Second Harvest rescued food from over 7,500 food donors across Canada.

Non-profit organizations

Second Harvest supported over 4,400 non-profit organizations across Canada.

Programs 

Through our network of 4,400 non-profit organizations, we supported over 14,000 individual programs that provide food to communities. 

Individuals Served

Second Harvest supported an estimated 4.8 million unique individuals this past year. 

Meals Per Day 

We rescued and redistributed enough food to provide an average of 205,000 meals to Canadians every day. 

Fighting Food Waste

We’re proud to support food rescue across Canada, rescuing food from coast to coast to coast, as we work towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

By offering an avenue for food rescue, we’re encouraging businesses to waste less and develop responsible food supply chains. 


SDG 13: Climate Action

By getting surplus food to people, we reduce greenhouse gases created when food goes to landfill. 


SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Feeding people across our country, we’re creating change by building more equitable food systems.

Change through understanding

Not only have we made a direct impact with our food rescue efforts, Second Harvest continues to build awareness about food waste and its impacts both on human-caused climate change and the lives of Canadians. Our research has allowed us to better understand the landscape we are working in, so that we can make a difference where it is needed most.  


Learn more about our research on food loss and waste.  

Learn more about our research on Canada’s food network.