Our Story


FoodRescue.ca is the creation of Second Harvest, Canada's largest food rescue organization.

Rescuing surplus food for since 1985, we've matched food donations from generous businesses, who understand the importance of recovering healthy, nutritious food and diverting it to those in need.

Although we redistributed over 15 million pounds in 2019, there is still far too much unsold, edible food being thrown away.  Businesses realize that it's a shame to send unsold food to landfill, which damages our environment through the release of unnecessary greenhouse gases. 

This new platform takes a local approach, giving food donors a simple and fast system to connect directly with social service programs in local communities.  

That's what FoodRescue.ca is all about.



Anything is Possible
with great partners.



We would like to thank the very generous contributions of our supporters.

FoodRescue.ca Timeline


January 4 2017


Walmart Foundation Logo

Walmart Foundation awards $2M grant to develop Foodrescue.ca and pilot in Toronto.

October 2 2017

Pilot Expansion

Government of Ontario Logo

Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks grants $600k from public Budget Talks commitment to expand pilot to Kingston, Sudbury and Niagara Region.


January 1 2019

Ontario Expansion & Research

Walmart Foundation Logo

Walmart Foundation invests $1.8M to further expand use of FoodRescue.ca in Ontario and evaluate food recovery nationally.

May 2 2019


Toronto Foundation Logo

The Toronto Foundation funds $50,000 to deepen the impact of FoodRescue.ca in this community.

April 10 2019


General Mills USA Logo

General Mills USA grants $100k for staff and technology growth for national expansion.

June 2 2019


Alectra Utilities Corporation Logo

Alectra Utilities Corporation funds $20k for a local coordinator to instill use of FoodRescue.ca in this community.

June 11 2019

British Columbia Expansion

Loblaw Companies Limited Logo

Loblaw Companies Limited awards $415k to expand the reach of FoodRescue.ca into B.C.

September 1 2019

Mobile Expansion

Climate Action Fund Logo

Climate Action Fund commits to $150,000 for the development of a FoodRescue.ca mobile app, increasing program accessibility for food donors and recipients.

October 29 2019

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough

Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough Logo

Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough grants 5K to conduct a FoodRescue.ca pilot in the Greater Peterborough area



Second Harvest is known
for sharing.

Second Harvest logo


Over 1000 businesses donate surplus food to Second Harvest. We redistribute to hundreds of social service organizations that offer food programs in their communities.

Second Harvest is known for:

  • Providing fresh, healthy, perishable food for over 34,000 meals a day
  • Being a global thought-leader on redirecting unsold, excess food, providing environmental protection by reducing unnecessary waste.
  • Active participation in the development of Canada's National Food Policy
  • Averting 26M kgs of GHG emissions from entering the atmosphere in 2018
  • Providing educational resources, food safety training and certification
  • Instigating best practice  sharing among community food programs
  • Supporting 5 training kitchens (Harvest Kitchens)
  • Being a non-partisan supporter of all ages, genders, races, religions - ensuring everyone has access to healthy food