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Canada’s Invisible Food Network

We need to radically change how we value people and how we understand food charity in this country.

61,000

Non-profits provide food to Canadians

4x

More food charities than grocery stores in Canada

$33 Billion

Value of food provided by charities to individuals in Canada in 2020

A massive, invisible patchwork system supports vulnerable Canadians

The first research of its kind, Canada’s Invisible Food Network addresses an urgent question: we need to know who is helping provide food for the millions of Canadians struggling with food insecurity. 

The findings are shocking: there are four times more charitable food providers than grocery stores in Canada. 

There is a massive but unconnected patchwork of services trying to support 6.7 million Canadians while they themselves are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic on the charitable sector.

These unprecedented findings are the result of a nearly two-year-long research project undertaken by Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International, a leading public and industry voice in food waste.

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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 

Thank you

This project was made possible by a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.