Putting food on plates, not in landfill
Food Rescue is the action of preventing good surplus food from being wasted by collecting it and redistributing it to feed people in need.
We work with businesses across the food supply chain to reduce the amount of edible food going to waste, which in turn averts the release of millions of pounds of greenhouse gases. The food Second Harvest recovers is redirected to thousands of charities and non-profit organizations, ensuring more people have access to healthy food.
We help businesses reduce their food waste and support their community by redirecting that food to non-profits right in their neighbourhood.
We’re proud to partner with charities and non-profits across Canada to provide them with good, surplus food.
Second Harvest Food Rescue App
The Second Harvest Food Rescue App connects businesses with surplus food directly to non-profit organizations who put it to great use.
What do I need to know about food rescue?
Our FAQs can teach you more about food rescue and the importance of ensuring good food gets to people’s plates, not landfill.
Second Harvest takes food safety seriously and we ask that food donors and recipient organizations comply with Second Harvest’s donation and recovery guidelines. All facilities need to be up to date with local public health requirements and safe food handler’s training. We also offer useful information that helps everyone make the most effective food rescues possible. Second Harvest has many resources to help you donate, rescue and store surplus food. Visit our Resource Library for more helpful info.
Second Harvest takes this assurance one step further by offering education to recipient organizations on safe food handling and by providing a digital paper trail for donations. Should a business need to recall a product, we know exactly where to find it.
We take food safety seriously and ask that food donors and recipient organizations comply with their provincial or territorial food safety requirements. All facilities need to be up to date with health inspections and food safe handling training for anyone who prepares food.
Our training and education programs provide tools, training, and safe food handler certification to our non-profit partners, to help make sure they meet and exceed food safety standards.
- Leftover food that has been plated and served, including salad bar ingredients that are exposed to public touch
- Prepared food that has been in the temperature danger zone for 2 hours or more
- Food or drinks with alcohol and/or medicinal ingredients
- Packaged food that’s been opened or has a broken seal
- Food from people’s homes
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