About Second Harvest

Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and a global thought leader on food recovery. We work across the supply chain from farm to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up in the landfill which negatively impacts our environment.

Last year, we recovered more than 22.3 million pounds of nutritious, unsold food — focusing on protein, dairy, and produce — we rescued before it became waste and redistributed to a broad network of 2,300 social service organizations.


Supported by hundreds of corporations, foundations, and the community at large, we rescue and redistribute enough food to provide over 62,000 meals a day in Canada.


Since 1985 we have rescued and delivered more than 177 million pounds of food, preventing over 267 million pounds of greenhouse gas equivalents from entering our atmosphere.


No Waste. No Hunger.


Grow an efficient food recovery network to fuel people and

reduce the environmental impacts of avoidable food waste.




By running a fundraiser at your office, YOU are a HERO to people in your community experiencing food insecurity. Second Harvest needs the support of heroes like you across Canada to meet the growing demand for fresh, healthy food for people facing hunger in our communities.

Due to COVID-19, this need has never been greater. Food insecurity continues to be a growing crisis during this crucial time.


Before COVID-19, 1 in 8 Canadian households were food insecure.

5.6 million Canadians are now struggling to put food on the table. That's an increase of 1.2 million.

Since COVID-19, 1 in 7 Canadians indicated that they lived in a household that was food insecure in the past 30 days.

Our Work Across Canada

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